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Press Releases For : November 4, 2014

Extron Introduces Next Generation of Fiber Optic Audio Extractors

Extron foxiiaex_group_01r_mwgExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce two new fiber optic products for the FOX II Series, the FOX II AEX 108 eight-port and PowerCage FOX II AEX 104 four port audio extractors. They provide independent processing and routing of audio signals in a fiber optic AV distribution system. Each fiber optic input port extracts the two channel audio signal to provide analog balanced or unbalanced stereo audio. The audio extractors are available in multimode and singlemode models. The PowerCage FOX II AEX 104, designed to mount in the PowerCage 1600 enclosure, and the rack-mountable FOX II AEX 108 are ideal for use in FOX Matrix systems that require extraction of audio signals for local processing within the equipment room. (more…)

The Linq’s High Roller Observation Wheel Enhances The Iconic Las Vegas Skyline with HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martin_Linq High RollerLAS VEGAS, Nevada — In March 2014, The LINQ Resort by Caesars Entertainment altered the Las Vegas skyline when it completed the world’s tallest observation wheel. The High Roller, shaped like a giant floating hoop, now rises above the cityscape of Las Vegas, illuminated from sunset throughout the night by fixtures from HARMAN’s Martin Professional’s Tripix range of products.

Commissioned by Caesars Entertainment in 2009 with an overall vision to change the Las Vegas Skyline with a new iconic landmark, construction on the world’s tallest observation wheel began. On the lighting side of this extravagant architectural project, NYXdesign teamed up with Martin Professional, systems integrator 4Wall Entertainment and electrical contractors Bombard Electric.

The installation includes 1,120 Tripix 300 fixtures, 1,008 Tripix Wash fixtures, 560 Tripix Power IP66 power supplies and four MAC Viper fixtures.

“Working with Henrik Kristensen from Martin and the rest of the team was very rewarding,” said Buddy Pope, Senior Systems Project Manager, 4Wall Entertainment. “We had to make sure everything would be able to withstand being turned upside down every 30 minutes over and over again. Also, everything had to be designed down to the last hole before we were able to test anything. Martin’s willingness to come up with customized solutions was a key success factor in these early stages.”

“The amount of time we spent and the level of detail we worked with in the mockup stage really was worth it,” said Lighting Designer, Abigail Rosen Holmes. “It allowed us to know the choices we were making would work as we intended when installed. This information had to be carried through to the drawings, and eventually construction, as it would not be possible to adjust the fixtures’ mounting positions.”

One major challenge that had to be considered in the early stages of the project was to accommodate the user experience from both inside the cabins and from various angles and viewing distances make the lighting design successful from every possible perspective. The Tripix products were chosen because at the time it was the only fixture on the market with a converged light source, also known as a tri-color chip, meaning that when you look directly at the light source you only see the color that the fixtures is programmed to show. As visitors would be able to see directly into the light source from the cabins, a traditional RGB light source was not an option.

“Apart from the difficulty in getting to the fixture locations, our involvement was a ‘bolt-up’ and ‘plug and play’ installation of a well-designed lighting system,” said Mike Gurule, Bombard Electric. “It is clear to us that Martin places a high emphasis on quality control.”

The guidelines for the lighting design was that it had to respect the beauty and simplicity of the structure while at the same time embracing its kinetic qualities. In contrast to a lot of Las Vegas lighting, the design for the High Roller was not meant to be flashy and carnival-like.

“The vision of everybody involved allowed me to treat the object very simply, because in its pure form the structure is extraordinarily beautiful,” said Holmes. “They had this clear idea and vision and were very consistent on keeping it all the way through.”

Even though the fixtures are moving around with the rim, it is possible to program the fixtures to make the wheel appear to be one color in the bottom half and another in the top half. The programming frequently returns to white to reestablish the pure form of the object and there are subtle design choices that may not all be perceived by spectators, but contribute to the overall perception of the design.

As the sun goes down a slightly different time every day, there are 365 individual cues timed to actual sunset. It starts with a sequence designed to play from sunset to dark. When darkness falls another set of sequences carry on all through the night. Sets of special sequences are designed for holidays and special events, including, according to Holmes, an awesome one for Halloween.

There is an obvious challenge in lighting up a structure like The High Roller. Unlike The London Eye, which is designed as an open truss structure, The High Roller is a massive white object that has to be illuminated from the outside.

“The 2,000 Martin fixtures were individually mapped and numbered to provide the detail and variety we wanted in the programming,” said Holmes. “This formed the basis of the varied movement patterns and groups which play out in the programming for the wheel lighting.”

Holmes, working with programmer Jason Badger, created the initial wheel lighting sequences using an offline 3d visualizer, allowing the project team to further review and develop the feel and aesthetic of the programming in advance of installation. For onsite programming, a position was set up on a hotel balcony overlooking The High Roller. All the fixtures are wirelessly DMX-controlled and during this phase all the pre-programmed sequences were tested and more were developed.

More than a year into its completion, many believe The High Roller has become an integral part of the Las Vegas Skyline with its beautiful shape and elegant lighting design, making it fully deserving of its status as the latest and greatest Vegas landmark.

“To me the most exciting moment was the first day when we were able to turn everything on and knew that it worked,” said Pope. “Three years of work and planning turned out successfully but you can’t help but hold your breath right up until the moment you turn it on. To me it is magical when, at night the wheel comes to life with light and turns into something different.”

Video: http://youtu.be/QTlA5PV5B0k

Image credit: Denise Truscello

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The High Roller project also features a complete Harman audio solution provided by JBL, Crown and BSS.

Full story: http://www.martin.com/en-US/View-Case?itemId=CaseStory:14169

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

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— Audio-Technica’s ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand with Dante network output transmits audio and control data together over the Dante™ network protocol —

STOW, OH, October 30, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, offers its new ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand with Dante™ Network Output. The ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand fits gooseneck microphones with standard XLRM-type outputs, offering installers previously unavailable simplicity in adding gooseneck microphones to Dante audio networks. The new ATND8677 joins the ATND971 Network Boundary Microphone, launched earlier in the year – the world’s first two such products to offer Dante network functionality in this manner.

Removing the need for a separate standalone Dante audio interface, while adding a useful integrated switch with indicator functionality, the ATND8677 connects directly to the audio network via standard RJ-45 connector and structured cabling, allowing for flexibility in installation and quick re-locations.

Audio-Technica has been working closely with industry leading DSP manufacturers such as Biamp® and Symetrix™ to ensure complete GPIO-Over Dante Enabled Control software integration for simple, flexible operation without the need for analog audio and control cabling.

The sturdy metal base features a 3-pin XLRF-type in and Dante network output, a capacitive switch with a green/red LED light switch surround, switchable gain (+30dB/+40dB/+50dB), phantom power and selectable toggle/momentary switch operation. Features UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology and UniSteep® low-cut filter.

Now with two groundbreaking network microphone products launched during 2014, Audio-Technica is demonstrating its commitment to both the network audio segment in general and the Dante communications protocol.

The ATND8677 will be available November 2014 with a U.S. MSRP of $598.00.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Listen Technologies Wireless Digital Conferencing System Chosen for Board Room at Natural History Museum of Utah

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BLUFFDALE, UT, October 30, 2014 — The Natural History Museum of Utah has selected a Wireless Digital Conferencing System from Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, for its Swaner Forum – a multi-use space used for board meetings, presentations and other events. The Natural History Museum of Utah, located at the Rio Tinto Center in Salt Lake City, faced several challenges when selecting a conference system for the space: the room is approximately 2,000 square feet in area, so a wireless system was preferred; the space is frequently used for multiple purposes, and a system had to be easy to quickly set up and take down; and board members often travel, and with everybody spread out in a larger room, a centralized speaker would not provide the necessary clarity if somebody participated via telephone. To meet these challenges, the museum purchased a multi-unit Televic conference system from Listen Technologies authorized dealer Avidex that could be distributed throughout the room and support localized conversation.

The system components include one WCAP-C1 wireless digital conference access point and power supply; one WC-CD-C wireless digital conferencing chairman unit with microphone and battery pack; 11 WC-DD-C wireless digital conferencing delegate units, each with microphone and battery pack; and two WC-CHT charging trays for six battery packs each.

According to Chris Eisenberg, the Museum’s Director of Philanthropy, “The Swaner Forum is a large space with beautiful views. We did the research, and it seemed like this Televic system from Listen was the best solution. Sometimes our board members are out of town but need to be part of the meeting, so we’ll patch a conference call into the system. The person on the conference call can hear everybody talking in the room, and everybody in the room can hear the person on the conference call. It’s a much more elegant solution than just putting a speaker phone in the middle of the room — and the wireless aspect allows us to easily move units where they’re most needed.”

Additionally, Listen has provided solutions for the Museum’s annual fundraiser, held in its soaring grand lobby, The Canyon. Working closely with Listen and other partners, the Museum’s team combined video mapping on the Canyon walls, a closed-captioning service performing live transcriptions during the event, traditional powered speakers along the edge of the space, and wireless conference units from Listen at many of the tables. “From our use of the Listen system, it occurred to us that they can be helpful with sound reinforcement during our annual fundraising gala. The resulting system provided attendees with an enhanced audio experience. Everyone was very happy with the results.”

Eisenberg added that he and his colleagues have also appreciated the assistance they’ve received with the system, “The support locally has been great from both the reseller that we purchased through as well as directly from Listen Technologies. They have been incredibly helpful to us.”

Established in 1963, the Natural History Museum of Utah cares for over 1.2 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. The Museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually. The Museum has an active research program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field expeditions each year.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Has Strong Showing at 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 30, 2014) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® had a strong showing at the recent 137th AES Convention (Thursday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center), along with related events outside the convention campus. The P&E Wing’s involvement spanned lectures, keynotes, a cocktail mixer and award presentation, and a manufacturer’s event, among other activities.

Highlights included:

The keynote on Friday, Oct. 10 was presented by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy, The GRAMMY Foundation®, and MusiCares®.

The GRAMMY SoundTables®, presented by the P&E Wing was held on Saturday, Oct. 11. This year’s event, titled “Songs That Move The Needle,” featured multi-talented production professionals Alex Da Kid, No I.D., Michael Brauer, Niko Bolas and Don Was, sharing their unique experiences in the art of music making. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney acted as moderator. The panel’s five multitalented, cross-genre hit makers debated the who, what, when, where and why of songs that have left an indelible imprint.

The Mix @ AES 2014, a cocktail reception co-presented by the UK-based Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the P&E Wing, on Friday, Oct. 10, at United Recording (formerly known as Ocean Way Recording Studios). Sponsors included AKG®, dbx®, JBL Professional®, Lexicon®, Focusrite Novation, GC Pro, iZotope, Record Plant and cocktails courtesy of VEEV Spirits. In a special ceremony, BJ Ramone accepted the APRS Sound Fellowship on behalf of his father, the late, legendary producer/engineer Phil Ramone. The presentation was made by Phil Dudderidge (Focusrite) and the citation was given by Peter Filleul (APRS).

A Hi-Res Audio Production Workshop, co-sponsored by the P&E Wing along with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on Friday, Oct. 10.The event was moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer and director of music recording & scoring at Skywalker Sound Leslie Ann Jones, with panelists Chuck Ainlay (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert); producer and Chief Creative Officer of Concord Music Group John Burk; Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi) and Ryan Ulyate (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Electric Light Orchestra, the Traveling Wilburys). These top professionals discussed the music creation process and shared their practices for recording, mixing and mastering in high resolution.

High Resolution Audio—Super Session (Friday, Oct. 10), moderated by P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, and part of the Convention’s High Resolution Audio (HRA) program. Panelists included Bruce Botnick (Music producer, recording and mastering engineer, VP Content Acquisition for Pono Music), George Massenburg (Producer/engineer/inventor, McGill University), Andrew Scheps (Producer/engineer/mixer) and Bill Schnee (Producer/engineer, Schnee Studio), who explored the most challenging issues facing the recording industry today concerning the adoption of high resolution audio.

The P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast, held on Saturday, Oct. 11. At their biannual meeting, this group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues of interest to all parties in attendance, with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio, legislative wireless white space and broadband issues, music streaming bit rates and other related topics. The following manufacturers, organizations and publications participated: AKG®, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Auralex, Avid, DBX, Electronic Musician, Focusrite Novation, Fraunhofer, GC Pro, Genelec, Iron Mountain, iZotope, JBL®, Lexicon®, Manley, M-Audio, Merging Technologies, Mix Magazine/New Bay Media, Music Marketing/Melodyne, Music Producers Guild (MPG), Presonus, Prism Audio, Pro Sound News, Radial Engineering, Royer, Shure, Sonnox Ltd., Solid State Logic, Universal Music Group, Waves Audio and Westlake Pro.

The P&E Wing ReCharge Lounge. Located in the Demo Room Concourse, the ReCharge Lounge was open to all AES badge-holders and featured charging stations for attendees’ devices, bottled water and snacks, and comfortable seating away from the convention’s crowded exhibit floor.

Maureen Droney, Managing Director of the P&E Wing, stated, “We are always excited to participate in the annual Audio Engineering Society convention in the U.S. We have many of the same values as the AES – for instance, high-resolution audio and advocacy for producers and engineers – and it is wonderful to be given a forum to share our perspectives with the wider audio community at this yearly gathering.”

Photo Caption 1: The Mix @ AES 2014 reception was hosted by UK-based Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® at United Recording on Friday, October 10, 2014. Pictured L-R: Producer/Engineer and P&E Wing Co-Chair Chuck Ainlay; Managing Director, P&E Wing Maureen Droney; Studio Manager, United Recording Rob Goodchild; Producer/Engineer BJ Ramone; Executive Director [Emeritus], APRS Peter Filleul; and Producer/Engineer and P&E Wing Co-Chair Mike Clink. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®.

Photo Caption 2: Representatives from leading manufacturers, organizations and publications, along with members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council, at the P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast during the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media Inc. © 2014 Photographed by: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media, Inc.

Photo Caption 3: Pictured L-R: Ed Cherney, Alex Da Kid, No I.D., Niko Bolas, Michael Brauer and Don Was, pictured at the GRAMMY SoundTables® event “Songs That Move The Needle” on Oct. 11 at AES137 in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of Maury Phillips/WireImage/The Recording Academy®. © 2014. Photographed by: Maury Phillips.

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Auralex® Introduces V2 Upgrades to Its GRAMMA® Acoustic Isolation Platform Line

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— Designed to acoustically isolate bass rigs, guitar amps, monitors, subwoofers and speaker cabinets on stage or in the studio, these models allow the true sound to come through by negating resonance artifacts —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 29, 2014 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, announces a V2 upgrade to its GRAMMA® (Gig and Recording, Amp and Monitor Modulation Attenuator) line of Acoustic Isolation Platforms, which are designed to isolate bass rigs, guitar amps, monitors and subwoofers on stage and in the studio. Like their V1 predecessors, these patented isolation platforms feature an Ozite® covering over an inert structural layer that floats on a 1” pad of acclaimed Auralex Platfoam™. These carefully engineered solutions allow the true sound of an amp or speaker to come through by negating resonance artifacts. V2 upgrades include a lower profile for increased stability, even better mid- and low-frequency definition and a new easy-to-grab handle. The GRAMMA V2 line is part of Auralex’s acclaimed ISO Series™ (instant sound optimizer), specifically engineered to address problems associated with individual sound sources.

The GRAMMA V2 line includes three models:

BabyGRAMMA® V2
The BabyGRAMMA V2 Amplifier Isolation Platform, designed for compact guitar, bass and keyboard amplifiers. It measures 15″ W x 15″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 200lbs.

GRAMMA® V2
The GRAMMA V2 is designed for mid-sized amps and speaker cabinets. It measures 23″ W x 15″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 300lbs.

GreatGRAMMA® V2
The GreatGRAMMA V2 is almost 30% bigger to float large speaker cabinets, accommodating 4×12″, 4×15″ or 4×18″ rigs. It measures 30″ W x 19″ D x 1.75″ H. Weight limit: 300lbs.

“Based on feedback from leading artists and engineers, GRAMMA V2 represents the next generation of isolation products for studio and live performance,” stated Eric Smith, Founder and President, Auralex. “With its new lower-profile design and its ability to provide improved mid- and low-frequency definition, GRAMMA V2 is sure to find its home in the arsenal of live and studio musicians far and wide.”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Eighth Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration Honoring Nile Rodgers

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Annual Celebration Will Highlight Sound Quality and Pay Homage to MusicalIcon at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles on February 3, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its eighth annual GRAMMY® Week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang will serve as honorary event co-chairs at the event to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

“Our Producers & Engineers Wing members are passionate about sound quality, the importance of music creators, and most of all, the integrity of recorded music,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year, it is with great pride that we honor a musical icon who is the epitome of everything the P&E Wing represents. Nile Rodgers is not only a revered member of the music community but also a founding member of the Wing and we look forward to celebrating his astonishing career, which continues to reach new musical heights and inspire generations.”

A musician, composer, arranger and guitarist, Rodgers is one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. He began his career as a session guitarist in New York, first toured as a teenager with the “Sesame Street” band, and played with the house band at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater. In 1970 Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards met and formed the Big Apple Band. In 1977 the band changed their name to Chic and subsequently generated chart-topping hits such as “Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love,” “Everybody Dance,” and “Good Times.” Chic’s success soon led to producing opportunities for Rodgers and Edwards, among them albums such as Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Diana Ross’s Diana.

Following Chic’s dissolution in 1983, Rodgers embarked on a solo production career that launched hits for artists such as David Bowie, INXS, Duran Duran, Madonna, Sheena Easton, Jeff Beck, the Thompson Twins, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Howard Jones, the B-52′s, and Al Jarreau, among others. Rodgers’ work with a variety of popular artists soon led to opportunities to share his distinct sound on film soundtracks such as Alphabet City, Gremlins, Against All Odds, That’s Dancing, White Nights, The Fly, White Hot, and Earth Girls Are Easy, in addition to collaborating with Peter Gabriel on Laurie Anderson’s concert film Home Of The Brave. In 1988 Rodgers composed his first orchestral score for the film Coming To America.

In the ’90s Rodgers produced the Vaughan Brothers Family Style, which was released shortly after the untimely death of guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with projects for Bowie, Eric Clapton, the B-52s, David Lee Roth, Ric Ocasek, Dan Reed Network, Cathy Dennis, Patty Griffin, Jimmie Vaughan, and The Stray Cats among others, along with continued soundtrack work on films such as Thelma and Louise, Cool World and Beavis And Butt-Head. In 1992, Rodgers and Edwards revisited Chic’s roots and released a new album, Chic-Ism. In 1996 tragedy struck when, during a series of Chic concerts in Japan, Edwards contracted pneumonia and died, a blow that greatly affected Rodgers. Although devastated by the loss of his longtime musical partner and close friend, Rodgers ultimately regrouped and returned to playing live concerts and composing and producing music for film soundtracks including work on Beverly Hills Cop III, Blue Chips, The Flintstones, and Feeling Minnesota (including a collaboration with Bob Dylan).

In 1998 Rodgers founded the Sumthing Else Music Works record label and Sumthing Distribution, an independent music label distributor. The label focused on a fast-growing new genre: video game soundtracks. Its titles include the complete Halo and Resident Evil franchises including Gears of War and Borderlands. During this time, Rodgers focused on additional soundtrack projects such as Rush Hour 2, Snow Dogs and Semi-Pro. In 2002-2003 he co-produced Astronaut, with the original five members of Duran Duran.

Prompted by the Sept.11 tragedies, Rodgers created the We Are Family Foundation to help promote the healing process and organized a rerecording of “We Are Family,” the GRAMMY Hall of Fame®-inducted song he and Edwards wrote for Sister Sledge. The rerecording was performed by more than 200 musicians, celebrities, and personalities and included a music video filmed by Spike Lee, a documentary filmed by Danny Schechter and a video version for kids that included more than 100 beloved children’s characters. Rodgers has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts as well as music achievements by being honored with innumerable awards, among them The Recording Academy’s NY Chapter’s Heroes Award, induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, No. 1 Singles Producer In The World by Billboard, and the Winter Music Conference Lifetime Achievement award.

Rodger’s career has seen a strong resurgence in the electronic dance community through his work with such acts as Avicii, Disclosure and Tensnake. His collaboration with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories garnered him three GRAMMY Awards for 2013 including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Rodgers continues to tour worldwide and remains one of the most in-demand producers and artists of his time.

As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2015 honoree, Rodgers joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell; T Bone Burnett; Tom Dowd; Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun; Jimmy Iovine; Quincy Jones; Arif Mardin; Al Schmitt; Jerry Wexler; and Neil Young.

Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /Wireimage.com © 2014
Photographed by: Dan MacMedan

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Triad Speakers Appoints Mid-Atlantic Territory Rep Firm NuTech Group

Portland, OR – November 4, 2014 – Custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the appointment of the NuTech Group as its new independent sales representative in the mid-Atlantic region. Based in Pennsylvania and Virginia, NuTech is a
25-year old company that specializes in the Custom Installation and Custom Retail channels.

“Representing many of the finest brands in the industry, NuTech provides assistance in sales presentations, system design and tech support,” says NuTech principal Brett Neiderman. “A highly-regarded specialty company, Triad fits perfectly with our firm’s product assortment. Dealers can also access Triad inventory locally through our sister company Tech Source Distributors.”

With a main telephone number of 215.654.1224, the NuTech Group is located at 120A Keystone Drive, Montgomeryville, PA 18936.
The company’s salespeople can be emailed at:
-Brett Neiderman: Brett@NuTechGroup.com
-Tim Painter: Tim@NuTechGroup.com
-Chad Neiderman: Chad@NuTechGroup.com
-Stephen Meo: Steve@NuTechGroup.com
-Jay Petroff: Jay@Techsourcedist.com

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and currently Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com. Follow us on Twitter @TriadSpeakers and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of The Girl From Nagasaki

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One of the highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Girl from Nagasaki, a feature-length directorial debut by celebrated photographer Michel Comte. This dazzling retelling of Madame Butterfly reframes the familiar haunting story of romance and loss through the lens of a Nagasaki survivor married to an American astronaut.

It’s a bravura debut which, as you would expect from Comte, has won plaudits for its visually sumptuous style and structure. But equally impressive is the superb audio work throughout the title from sound designer Maurizio Argentieri and a battalion of DPA microphones.

DPA’s d:dicate™ 4041-SP Large Diaphragm, 4011 Cardiod and 4006 Omnidirectional Recording Microphones were all used in the sound production of the film. Argentieri also used a DPA d:screet™ 4091 Omnidirectional Microphone and a d:dicate™ 5006-11 Matched Microphone Kit with an S5 surround mount. He was so impressed by the performance of the latter that he decided to invest in one for his own microphone collection.

“All of the DPA microphones I used sounded amazingly good,” he says with disarming simplicity. “I need a microphone capable of handling high SPL but one that still delivers a fantastic sound: this is why I chose DPA.”

The project itself, however, was anything but simple and pushed both his skills and the capabilities of the DPA microphones to the limit. Maurizio was first briefed by Michel at his home in Los Angeles where it was decided that there would be no ADR.

“There was not a word in the movie that was to be replaced, so all the actors’ performances in the movie are real and original,” says Argentieri. “There were a lot of challenging situations. We had a band with a singer performing a couple of songs live while the actors were speaking; a long dialogue scene filmed on the top of Stromboli, an active volcano in Sicily with a very strong wind and real eruptions going off in the background; dialogue under real rain and the sound of the cockpit of a jet fighter while it was flying. This last scene we filmed for real: I put a couple of d:dicate 4006 Omnidirectional Recording Microphones in the jet and hit the record button. The rest is in the movie.”

After initially training in classical guitar, Argentieri started his career as a sound engineer in the music industry. After a couple of years though he realised that being shut away in a studio was no longer for him and, with the aid of a friend who was working as an assistant film editor at the time, they began to pull images out of the trash can and put them together on a Moviola with the music they loved.

“Sometimes we would stay long into the night at the studio, just him and me; we were like kids at home without parents. He was mostly working on documentaries at that time and we had plenty of huge nature shots and beautiful images. For me it was like an illumination: I realised the power and the magic of sound to change the meaning of an image simply by changing the music.”

Argentieri quit his job in the recording studio and became a sound mixer for documentaries. Several years of projects followed, including work for Greenpeace, before he got his break on movies. And he’s certainly made the most of it since, working with the likes of Mario Monicelli, Marco Bellocchio, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, and now Michel Comte.

The Girl From Nagasaki was shot in Los Angeles, Berlin, Rome, Stromboli, and Japan.

“As sound designer I’ve had different roles: production sound mixer, sound editor, and re-recording mixer,” he explains. “I recorded the production sound always using a stereo couple or a surround rig to bring home the ambience, then I had a second moment all by myself going around just with the surround kit recording all the necessary ambient sound to put in the movie. And then we had all the recording of the music to do.”

Argentieri adds that the DPA surround kit was really useful when he and the film crew were tackling a scene in Sofia that involved recording an orchestra.

“We placed the kit right in the middle of the orchestra to have a different point of view,” he explains. “From the very beginning Michel wanted to give the audience an extraordinary aural experience, so everything was recorded in a way that allowed the microphones to be surrounded by music and sound. Of course we had to do a lot of sound editing and mixing to achieve that.”

The DPA microphones were also used extensively in recording the dialogue of the film. Argentieri used two boom operators mounting DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun Microphones that fed into a Manley dual microphone Tube preamplifier.

“If you want to get an idea of the quality of these microphones you only have to listen to the long dialogue scene at the beginning of the movie between Sir Christopher Lee and the older Gheisha,” he says. “Hearing that, you will be absolutely astonished.”

The DPA microphones even have a starring role in one of the key opening scenes, where Burhan Öcal is playing Japanese percussion.

“This scene is visually like a beautiful art installation and again Michel wanted to give the audience the sensation of being seated close to the percussionist himself, so I had to record his performance live while we were filming,” Argentieri says. “That meant the microphones needed to be part of the installation and the elegance and sobriety of the DPA microphones allowed them to be completely integral to the scene.”

Commenting on his decision to invest in his own DPA d:dicate™ 5006-11 Matched Microphone Kit with S5 surround mount, Argentieri says: “DPA’s surround kit is perfect for modern sound design. In this kit you have three beautiful omnis and two beautiful pure cardioids that you can use together or as singles in other situations. Given the quality of these microphones, why would you want to send them back?”

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Press Releases For : November 3, 2014

PESA Promotes Christopher Thomas to President

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced Christopher Thomas, executive vice president of Christopher Thomas JPEGengineering Christopher Thomas JPEGand CTO, has been promoted to president, effective Nov. 1. Chuck Tillett, who has served as president and COO since 2009, will remain COO of the company.

Thomas joined PESA in 2013, after holding senior executive management positions at several companies. Tillett has spent more than 30 years in the industry in various senior positions. Both Thomas and Tillett will remain based in the company’s Huntsville headquarters.

“Chuck has been instrumental in the growth of PESA and our subsequent success in so many vertical markets, and we are happy he will remain a valued member of our team,” said Howard Sutton, executive chairman. “We are confident that Chris will further strengthen our organization and help us aggressively grow our innovative and affordable product lines.”

About PESA

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

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