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FSR Now Shipping HDBaseT 70 Meter Ultra Slim Transmitter/Receiver Set

NEW HDMI MODULES OFFER EASE OF INSTALLATION AND SPACE RESTRICTION SOLUTIONS

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, an Adopter Member of the HDBaseT Alliance (http://www.HDBaseT.org/), and a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of infrastructure products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, has announced that its new HD-H70-SP HDBaseT Extender Set is now shipping. Jan Sandri, company president, made the announcement from headquarters located in Woodland, Park, NJ.

The HD-H70-SP HDBaseT HDMI transmitter and receiver modules, which were previewed at the 2014 InfoComm show earlier this year, are easy to install and ultra slim, making them a perfect fit for projects where space is a serious consideration. The extenders are ideal for digital signage, control centers, conference rooms, schools, and corporate training environments, as well as home and office settings. The set transmits uncompressed full HD digital HDMI video, audio and IR & RS-232 control signals up to 70 meters via a single CAT-5e / CAT-6 / CAT-6A / CAT-7 cable. Input resolutions include 4k (2160p 30 hz.), 1080P, 1080i, 720P, 576P, 480P, 576i and 480i.

“As always, FSR is constantly working to add more features and functionality to our existing products, as well as extending our various product lines with new offerings that give industry professionals the solutions they need,” says Sandri. “Our new HDBaseT Extender systems are feature packed, offering our customers a variety of models that are capable of transmitting full HD 1080p / 4K video (2160p 30 hz.), HD audio, bi-directional IR, and RS-232 control signals and power over one CAT-6A cable. Our 100 meter units will also include Ethernet, Audio De-embedding, and analog input switching on various models as well. Essentially, the units allow a variety of AV signal and control signals to be sent over ordinary (inexpensive) CAT-6a cable. All of the control and AV signals can be handled by one cable run.”

Powered from a single power supply via bi-directional PoE, the extenders can control the source from the display’s location or vice versa via the IR pass-through or bi-directional RS-232 control functions. The compact unit measures 5.3” wide x 3.0” long x 0.6” high. The package ships with a transmitter, receiver, power supply, 4 mounting ears, 2 IR emitter cables and 2 IR receiver cables.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com
Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Management Team Purchases Digital Vision

Kelvin Bolah, Digital Vision

Kelvin Bolah, Digital Vision

London, UK – Digital Vision, the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries, has been acquired by its management team consisting of Kelvin Bolah, Greg Holland and Claes Westerlund. The acquisition from Swedish company Image Systems, for 6.1 Million SEK, will preserve the heritage of the 26 year old company and provide significant funding for future investment in R&D.

Bolah will become CEO, while Holland takes the role of Worldwide Vice President of Sales and Claes Westerlund becomes Worldwide Vice President of Operations. As part of the acquisition the entire Digital Vision team will remain with the new company, as will all of the company’s offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Sweden.

Bolah said, “Digital Vision’s staff, customers and partners were of the utmost importance in this acquisition and our main reason for the management buy-out. Having worked with them for many years and seeing their passion, expertise and the amazing projects they produce, we knew we had to keep the Digital Vision brand alive. With the investment that the company now has we will be able to accelerate the R&D and engineering to deliver our award-winning products in a timely fashion to a global customer base.”

Digital Vision’s current product range includes:

* The Golden Eye 4 archive scanner which incorporates many new features and enhancements including universal optics – a single lens, motor driven, multi-axis optical system for precision image sizing, position and focus. Users can scan at HD to 4K any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics, gate or sensor.
* The Bifrost Archive Bridge, a unique scalable solution, suitable for archives of any size, comprising various workflow components that can be utilised either as a complete end-to-end solution or integrated into existing infrastructures depending on individual requirements.
* The Nucoda colour grading suite, which combines a creative colour toolset, Precision and Tangent panel support and access to the DVO suite of enhancement tools, allowing users to easily create complex looks and visual styles.
* Phoenix, the world’s premier film restoration software, designed to produce great results fast with less manual intervention. Phoenix features award-winning DVO restoration tools.
* Thor hardware designed for real time 4K image processing.

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About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, and Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners, Thor, and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving and 4K real time image processing. For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA/APAC
Dawn Bochenski, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

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SSL Live. L500’s New Theatre ‘Home’ In Manchester

“The interface is so intuitive we’re confident new operators will pick it up quickly”

MANCHESTER, U.K. – The HOME organisation’s new performing and visual arts complex is set to open this winter. In the meantime, its recent production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, was staged in Manchester’s historic Victorian swimming baths. This performance was also the maiden voyage for HOME’s new Solid State Logic Live. L500 console. Supplied by HD Pro Audio and chosen by technical director Jasper Gilbert and sound designer Paul Gregory, the L500 will be installed in HOME’s new facility for continued use.

Paul Gregory with SSL Live L500 at Manchester Victorian BathsHOME evolved from the Library Theatre Company, from which actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart, Alan Rickman and Martin Jarvis have gone on to fame. When Manchester’s Central Library was renovated in 2010, the company lost its intimate 312-seat basement venue of 58 years, and has since presented in a variety of unorthodox spaces, such as the productions at the Victorian baths. For Romeo and Juliet, HOME employed a promenade-style production that moved actors and patrons through three large swimming pools. The main bulk of the action happened in the empty ‘female’ pool, with the finals scenes on the cross structure in the filled ‘Gala’ pool, where Juliet’s body floated. Retold in a contemporary Eastern European criminal underworld, this production included Balkan choirs and Gypsy music by Macedonian composer Nikola Kodjabashia. With a production like Romeo and Juliet in a Victorian structure with brickwork, glass and tiles, the acoustic problems were immense.

As Gregory explains, sound design is crucial in a situation such as this. That’s where the features of the SSL Live were really appealing. “For Romeo and Juliet, we were very reliant on the console operator getting feedback from the stage management team roving with the performance,” he comments. “Much is pre-programmed and level adjustments must get radioed to the operator. In addition to 16 channels of radio mics, there were 16 inputs from a live band plus a dozen channels of playback from Figure 53’s QLab on a Mac that was triggered from the L500. It really was a one button show. The desk controlled the show and we simply had a series of cues that we sequenced through.”

The Romeo and Juliet audio team distributed about 200 inexpensive BOSE-like speakers and used individual delays to overcome the Baths’ long reverb times. “The idea was to pick up actors using head mics and bring it as close to the audience as we could, which we found incredibly easy to do with the SSL desk,” explains Gilbert, a veteran of mobile tours and site-specific productions. “This production is also staged in such a manner that one character never actually appears ‘on stage. So, in addition to the distributed speakers, there were also traditional PA-like speakers for the actor’s disembodied voice, as well as larger-scale speakers with subwoofers for the music.”

Along with helping to make a complex production more streamlined, Gregory, who has been with the company for 17 years, also found the sound quality of the L500 to be an asset. “Even with complicated mixes, the sound doesn’t become cluttered,” he says. “There’s a lot of headroom, the mix busses are very broad and the console is incredibly clean and transparent-sounding.” Gregory adds “Another thing that attracted me to the desk was its versatility and flexibility. You can essentially build a desk for whatever application you need, whatever project you’re doing; it’s invaluable.”

“The interface is so intuitive we’re confident new operators will be able to pick it up quickly,” he continues. “It’s so easy to get your head around. We’ll be adding staff members for HOME’s new venue and it’s reassuring to know the SSL will be a quick catch on for them, that even though it’s an incredibly complex desk.”

HOME’s ambitious new complex rejuvenates of Manchester’s First Street area and will be one of the first theatre venues in the U.K. to have an L500 permanently installed. Besides its 500-seat main theatre, it also houses a 150-seat flexible studio space, digital production and broadcast facilities, a 5,300 square-foot gallery space, five cinema screens on the third floor, as well as a café bar and restaurants.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Pro Sound Effects Releases Expansion 2 Library

62 GB of Ambiences, Impulse Responses and Production Elements

New York, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound library company, has released the Expansion 2 library – 2,721 royalty-free sound effects (62 GB) of indoor & outdoor ambiences, impulse responses, new production elements, and sports recordings. Developed with user feedback as an enhancement to Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library the Expansion 2 provides critical utility backgrounds and design elements for cutting edge film, game, television, radio and audio post production.

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“Expansion 2 marks the second enhancement we’ve made to our Hybrid Library line,” commented Douglas Price Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “Our team’s collaboration with current Hybrid Library owners was critical in determining what sounds and metadata structures would yield maximum utility and value. After three years of the Hybrid Library program, we’re more committed than ever to supporting freelancers and independent media creators with accessible pricing for big library features.”

Expansion 2 Key Features:

● 62 GB delivered on 64 GB USB 3.0 custom flash drive
● 2,721 sound effects including 1,332 hand-picked ambiences, impulse responses, new production elements and sports sound effects
● Masterful Metadata for fast, pinpoint searching
● 100% Royalty-Free
● Developed with feedback from Hybrid Library owners
● 50 download credits to Online Library
● Available by Application Only
● $2500 in value for only $500 through December 31st 2014 (reg. price $750)

View Expansion 2 Audio Demos, Metadata and Full Features

In addition, Soundminer search software is available as an optional Add-On to provide seamless DAW integration right out-of-the-box.

About Pro Sound Effects:
Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

Martin Audio Is System of Choice At The Line Hotel

Patio at The Line

Los Angeles, CA––A fashionable new stopover in Koreatown, the Line Hotel is a 12-story modernist tower originally designed by the respected architecture firm Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall which retains a midcentury look combined with an industrial chic aesthetic, stripped-concrete walls and double height windows in the lobby.

Commissioned to install a sound system in keeping with the modern, high tech feel of the hotel, LA Sound opted for Martin Audio loudspeakers throughout the public areas downstairs and outside on the patio deck, pool area, and in the greenhouse.

According to Richard Ralke of LA Sound, the system starts with Martin Audio C8.1T 8” ceiling speakers in the lobby, café, entryway and bar areas. These were chosen because they have a tighter dispersion pattern, which was more effective in covering the greater ceiling height averaging from 12 to 14 feet and reaching people who are both standing and on the move.

For the Pot restaurant, a collaboration with the street-food king Roy Choi which specializes in Korean hotpots, Martin Audio C6.8T 6” ceiling speakers with a wider dispersion pattern were used to provide more balanced coverage in a space with a shorter 10 to 12 foot ceiling height where people are sitting down and not moving.

Bar at The Line

“We also used AQ112 subwoofers in both areas,” adds Ralke, “six in the restaurant and two in the bar. For the bar, we actually installed the subs in a custom-built serpentine bench, which is approximately 50 ft. long and weaves down the length of the room.

“There’s a large upright back that extends down to the floor with a padded bench that clips to that section. We were able to take the bench section off and bury the subwoofers in the base of the back and cut openings in the sub structure of the bench, allowing the low frequency energy to exit out of the kick panel at the front. The subs are spaced down the length of the bench so there’s no bass build up anywhere. The low frequency energy is very even throughout the room.”

“In the restaurant,” Ralke continues, “we were able to bury an AQ112 in a staircase—the speakers are around 14” in every dimension so they’re pretty small––and fire it into the room through an air conditioning return vent. The other one is integrated in the outer wall covering near a hostess stand at the entry. Again, the low frequency coverage throughout the space is very smooth and even.”

The bar, lobby and restaurant are situated in separate zones so the volume can be adjusted for each, but they function as one common source area because they are adjacent acoustically and open to each other. Either zone can adjust their level individually using the Rane Hal1 house system with remote controls for volume and source selection.

Restaurant at The Line

According to Ralke, “We currently have 12 output zones and all 10 input allocations, and every zone has a DR3 digital remote controller that allows the user to change the level and source material in any zone. Three mobile background music sources are fed into the Hal and either left as stereo or combined into Mono, then exported to these 12 zones around the building. The subwoofers and full-range ceiling speakers in the bar are two different zones so we can get the crossover to EQ the way we want to within Hal, but they go up and down together at the bar volume control.”

One level above the lobby and restaurant is a patio deck with a pool area and greenhouse also providing the same source audio. The outdoor pool area has 14 Martin Audio C115T surface mount outdoor full-range speakers with four subwoofers and an additional four C115T’s in a remote listening area by the patio. Three Powersoft M28Q 4-channel amplifiers drive all of the subwoofers and full range speakers in the hotel.

“The pool deck is on the second floor of the hotel right above Wilshire Boulevard one floor below, explains Ralke, “So the hotel put up a wall consisting of metal mesh fence and added a creeping vine type of plant. We were able to mount the speakers to the metal mesh and have them totally blend in within the plants. The deck has complete coverage without spilling down into the street.”

Greenhouse at The Line

“The greenhouse on the deck presented an acoustic challenge because it’s all glass and concrete, wood and steel inside,” explains Ralke. “But the hotel showed us a layout with plants positioned to break up the sound, so we were able to use 6 Martin Audio AQ8 8” two-way surface mount exterior speakers and get the smooth, even coverage we needed from one end of the greenhouse to the other.”

Asked about their client’s reaction to the sound system, Ralke sums up in a few words, “They love it. In fact the owners are so happy with the sound system, they’ve asked us to do a new karaoke club named Speek they’re putting in early next year.”

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.

Matrox Adds Console Display Support for Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Walls

Matrox P690 graphics cards are validated for use with Mura MPX capture and display cards so system monitoring, video wall layout management, and other applications can run locally, without affecting the video wall’s appearance

Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox P690 PCIe x16 and Matrox P690 Plus LP PCIe x16 graphics cards have been validated for use alongside Mura™ MPX-based video wall controllers to power up to four independent console displays. Clients benefit from the extra displays, powered by the same system, to run system diagnostics, wall layout control, and other applications locally without disturbing content on their video walls.

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“System builders and integrators will appreciate the extra flexibility that independent console displays provide to manage walls, perform maintenance and run diagnostics behind the scenes,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “The field-proven Matrox hardware is easy to install within a single, high-density, low-footprint system and stable drivers for Mura and P690 cards are included in the same download package to simplify installations. And what’s more, free Matrox PowerDesk™ software helps configure the complete display set-up, easily enabling practical console displays beside impressive video walls.”

Read the article “Add a Console Display to Your Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Wall” to learn more.

See Matrox Mura MPX-based video walls in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645).

About Matrox Mura MPX video wall controller boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. Rich transitions and eye-catching effects can be applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Creative Audio Provides Sound For Alice In Chains Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays And Crown Amplifiers

ONTARIO, Canada – With two headline shows in Ontario, Alice In Chains recently completed its North American tour, where the band performed in theaters and arenas with capacities ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 seats. Having stocked HARMAN inventory for 25 years, live production company Creative Audio provided full production elements for the show including JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD power amplifiers.

A month-long endeavor consisting of four to five shows a week, the Alice in Chains tour featured heavy rock music with high SPL levels. To support the intensity of the shows, Creative Audio supplied the band with 24 JBL VTX V25 loudspeakers, 16 VTX G28 subwoofers, 12 VERTEC® VT4888 loudspeakers and 28 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

“We’ve recently graduated from VERTEC to the VTX line arrays, and so far the results have been positive,” said Chris Mentzel, Owner of Creative Audio. “These boxes are absolutely comfortable with reaching the high SPL levels of heavy rock music. The sheer output is amazing, and thus we can use fewer subs and have twice as much low end when compared with the older boxes. The high end is great, because it’s so smooth without sounding piercing at all.”

Two Creative Audio technicians traveled with the band during the tour, assisting with setup and teardown for every show. Having transitioned to the latest JBL technologies, they took full advantage of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, as well as Crown’s I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“When we started getting into Performance Manager, we liked it so much that it has now completely replaced our old system. It’s a real lifesaver,” said Mentzel. “Combined with the I-Tech 12000HD amps, everything is easier to navigate. The amps are so powerful that we no longer need an external processor in line.”

Creative Audio currently plans to double its VTX inventory within nine months.

For more information on Creative Audio, please visit http://www.creativeaudio.us/

For more information on Alice in Chains, please visit http://www.aliceinchains.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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The Church of Christ Turns To Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projector for Brilliant Video Display

Hitachi ChurchofChristDorchester, Massachusetts, December 4, 2014 – Needing a replacement projector for its worship services, the Church of Christ recently found an ideal solution in the Hitachi CP-WX8265. Located in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the Church of Christ has a congregation of about 375 members. Carlfred Malcolm, the building engineer and media technician for media and broadcast, explained the need for a new projector. “The demand for versatility calls for high volumes of information to reach the masses with simplicity,” stated Mr. Malcolm.

The CP-WX8265 is used for many different occasions within the church. “We use the projector primarily in the main auditorium for morning worship song service. It is also used for our weekly message bulletin, youth movie nights, and the church finance meetings,” explained Mr. Malcolm. Because the projector has so many different uses, it was important to find a projector that was easy to use and crystal clear.

“Despite all of its high-tech features, the setup and use were intuitive,” stated Mr. Malcolm. The clarity of the picture was a big factor in choosing the right projector for the congregation, Mr. Malcolm added. “We can all see vivid pictures despite the amount of light in the sanctuary or time of day,” added Mr. Malcolm.

The benefits of the new projector exceeded the expectations of Mr. Malcolm and the congregation. “No more shutting off the lights to enhance the picture at 6,500 lumens, easy wireless projector communication, many different options and settings. It’s great.”

The entire congregation has had positive comments about the projector. “This projector’s performance has been the talk of the congregation,” said Mr. Malcolm. “The CP-WX8265 has been a great investment compared to other projectors boasting the same features.”

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Gotham ‘Conquers’ HBO Mini-Series With Yamaha QL/Rio Assist

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—HBO’s miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon, is based on a non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin. The six-hour mini stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York during 1988-1992. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future.

Gotham Sound and Communications in New York City was brought in to augment the audio production using a new Yamaha QL5 Series Digital Console and Rio1608-D input/output box. “We recreated many meetings in the City Council Chamber, during which there were large heckling crowds hurling insults at the Mayor and Council, states Frank Stettner, production sound mixer for the show. The Mayor and Council all had microphones in front of them that we wanted to make practical to cover their scripted dialog.”

The heckling crowd consists of five different scripted hecklers plus a yelling crowd. “My normal setup is an 8-channel Cooper CS 208 D mixer with its direct outs feeding an 8-input Dante device, but it would not provide me with enough inputs, says Stettner. The show’s workflow requires me to mix mono all audio sources in real time to Track 1 on a pair of Sound Devices 970 64-track digital recorders for syncing to picture for the Dailies. I record all stems used in that mix to isolated tracks for use in post-production.”

Stettner said the big council scenes got beyond both his number of inputs and his number of fingers. With 15 total speaking parts, it became necessary to expand the system so he contacted Peter Schneider at Gotham Sound who suggested the Yamaha QL and Rio as the best way to meet the scene’s needs. “It seamlessly integrated with my existing Dante based gear,” notes Stettner.

Paul Padilla, the on-location consultant from Gotham Sound, put together and installed the QL and set up the computer network that tied all parts together. “Using the Rio with the QL gave us a lot of flexibility, Padilla said. It allowed us to route audio to and from a remote room without the need to run additional cable. Interfacing the Yamaha QL with another Dante base rig made for a very pleasurable experience.”

Once Stettner rolled his cart into the room where the QL was setup after finishing some smaller scenes elsewhere in the building, the team connected the network, time code, word clock, and assigned the direct outs to the 970 inputs quickly via Dante; ready long before the lighting and camera setup was completed.

“Specifically, the workflow consists of the Yamaha Rio connected to the 12 practical, historically accurate, Shure SM57s. This was then brought via Cat5 to Gotham’s network hub, which connected my system and computer to the QL, Stettner continues. The mics were routed to the QL inputs and the 970 Iso tracks via Dante. Larry Provost, my colleague, then used the Yamaha QL to make a mono sub mix of the fixed mics following the script. I took this sub mix into my Cooper and added it to the mono Dailies mix along with the five radio mic sources I had on the scene’s protesters plus a boom mic for the crowd.”

“Augmenting the show’s main audio package with the Yamaha QL mixer has worked out rather nicely and seamlessly integrates, thanks to Dante,” notes Peter Schneider, Gotham Sound and Communications.

Stettner said the flexibility of using the Yamaha QL and Rio made what would have been a long, stressful and time-consuming cable mess in the old analog days, into a fast efficient setup. “Gotham and Yamaha make the good work we do even more possible.”

Show Me a Hero will air on HBO during 2015.

For more information on Gotham Sound and Communications, visit www.gothamsound.com.

For more information on the Yamaha QL and Rio, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Help Light Up Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL_HondaStageThe Austin City Limits Music Festival returned to Zilker Park for two three-day weekends in October to showcase more than 130 rock, pop and hip hop artists on eight stages, including Outkast, Beck, Eminem, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam. Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures and grandMA2 consoles were on hand to provide lighting support and control for festival performers. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.

Eight K20s, supplied by LD Systems, were dedicated to each of two secondary headline stages and positioned in an upstage array across the rear truss.

“Most of the rig was a lot of smaller fixtures, so we wanted something that would give a big, full color wash,” says Seth Jackson, who served as festival lighting designer and lighting coordinator. “There were no backdrops on these stages and, given the power situation, the B-EYEs were the perfect choice to fill the whole back picture. They really blasted through everything else, and the guys who did the overnight programming had time to dig into the features and use the multi-array tricks that come out it.”

In addition to the K20s, “massive amounts” of Sharpy fixtures were deployed on the two primary stages, says Jackson. “They were very prominent. I knew everybody was going to want them, and we put in a lot of fixtures so people didn’t need to bring their own.” Bandit Lites supplied the Sharpy inventory.

Full-size grandMA2 consoles were found “everywhere you turned” at the festival, Jackson adds. “It looked like an MA showroom! There were grandMA2s on every stage. We had two at every station, and sometimes the bands brought their own.” LD Systems and Bandit Lites furnished the popular consoles.

“Ninety percent of the artists use grandMA2,” Jackson reports, “and they bring their own show files. With grandMA2’s networking capabilities people can work on systems simultaneously: Two artists can program their respective shows at the same time or one can prep their show while the other is performing. It all works really great.”

He also gives kudos to the K20s. “They worked flawlessly. We just turned them on and they worked long days – maybe 19 hours a day. All the lighting designers really got into them and were very happy with the rig.

“Everybody wants to use Clay Paky lights and grandMA2s!” Jackson declares.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting, commented “”It is a pleasure for to have the chance to work with Seth again.  His designs are always innovative and he’s always thinking of ways to get more out of the luminaires. We’re also very proud to work with LD Systems this year providing the B-Eye fixtures and the grandMA2 consoles to them.  They have been great partners for us.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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