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Press Releases For : November 3, 2014

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gets Double Coverage With ICONYX

 Worcester, Mass  - October 2014…Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute was one of the first engineering and technology universities in the United States. Today, the private research university ranks with schools like Princeton, Stanford and MIT as one of the nation’s most prestigious schools.

The university’s Alden Hall regularly hosts a wide range of performances and programs, from lectures to concerts and theatrical productions. As Richard O’Connell of Boston-based AV Design Build explains, the 10,000 square foot multi-purpose venue employs different seating arrangements, depending on the event. “It’s a rectangular room with a stage in front and balcony in the rear. For concerts and theatrical events, seats are set up facing the stage. For lectures and smaller presentations, seats are set up facing the long wall stage right, and they set up a podium.”

The hall’s growing popularity and increasingly busy schedule had made the limitations of its aging sound system abundantly clear. To cope with intelligibility and coverage issues, university officials frequently brought in portable systems to supplement or replace the main system. Even with the portable systems in place, coverage was still poor, particularly in the balcony.

 With this in mind, AV Design Build recommended an innovative solution based on dual independent Renkus-Heinz ICONYX systems to provide optimal coverage and intelligibility, regardless of the scheduled event. A pair of ICONYX IC32 digitally steerable line arrays is installed left and right of the stage for larger events, seamlessly covering the floor and balcony areas. “With the IC32s, we were able to create a beam and point it right at the balcony, without hitting the back wall,” O’Connell observes. “We used seven beams on the IC32s, and that was all that was needed to address the room’s intelligibility and coverage issues.”

For the hall’s lecture and spoken word programs, a pair of ICONYX IC8-R-II columns are mounted on the wall stage right, to each side of the podium. “The IC8s are perfect for lectures and presentations,” says O’Connell. “They provided the intelligibility and coverage we needed for a smaller, more intimate setting.”

University officials are pleased with the versatility of the dual systems. “The ICONYX systems allowed us to address the university’s multiple uses for the hall,” O’Connell concludes. “The music faculty is particularly happy because they often present concerts with stringed instruments, from small large ensembles. Now you can hear the instruments clearly, from every seat in the house.”

 

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

 

 

Press Releases For : October 31, 2014

SMPTE to Host Sessions on the IP-Based Facility and the AXF Standard at CCW+SATCON

SMPTE President-Elect Robert Seidel and S. Merrill Weiss, Chair of the SMPTE Working Group on AXF, Will Moderate Panel Discussions

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Oct. 30, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced its participation in CCW+SATCON, Nov. 12-13, at New York City’s Javits Convention Center, through a panel discussion on the IP-based facility and an in-depth session, co-produced with CCW+SATCON, on SMPTE’s recently released AXF standard.

SMPTE President-Elect Robert Seidel, vice president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS, will moderate the session “The IP-Based Facility: Is It for You? If So, When?” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13. Panelists will include Mario Vecchi, chief technology officer at PBS; Steve Fastook, senior vice president of technical and commercial operations at CNBC; and, representing the SMPTE Standards Group, Michael Koetter, senior vice president of media technology and development at Turner. The group will discuss how the core infrastructure at the network is evolving and how the move to full IP infrastructure software-defined networking (SDN) will affect the industry for the next five years or more. Experts will address the impact of SMPTE’s 2022 family of standards (ST-2022-1 through ST-2202-7) for transporting and switching audio and video over IP Networks, as well as how the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) is helping to define the future of the IP-based facility.

“SMPTE is gathering an exciting lineup of experts at CCW+SATCON to discuss some of the most important developments to date, as well as their potential impact on the creation, transport, and storage of all variety of media assets,” said Seidel. “These sessions promise to offer valuable insight into the technologies and standards shaping the media facilities of today and tomorrow.”

“In Support of Interoperability: The New Archive eXchange Format (AXF) Standard,” scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 13, will be moderated by S. Merrill Weiss, president of the Merrill Weiss Group LLC and chair of the SMPTE Working Group on AXF. Weiss and colleagues from a variety of stakeholder organizations — from sports and entertainment networks to cultural archives — will discuss how the AFX standard, which codifies interoperability standards among data archive systems, yields benefits with respect to operational storage, transport, and long-term preservation. Supported by panelists James Snyder, senior systems administrator at Library of Congress; Brian Campanotti, chief technology officer at Front Porch Digital; and Peter Symes, director of standards and engineering at SMPTE, Weiss will lead discussions on the practical implementation, as well as the use of AXF to future-proof digital storage so that content remains available despite changing formats and storage technologies. Within this discussion, panelists will also examine how AXF allows content owners to move content from their current archive systems into the AXF domain in a strategic way.

CCW+SATCON is the largest media, entertainment, video, and communications technology conference and exposition on the East Coast of the United States, and it draws attendees from across the country and beyond. More information about CCW+SATCON is available at www.ccwexpo.com.

Further information about SMPTE and its work is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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VMP Launches 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 Product Catalog; Available at ISC East 2014

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Oct. 31, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of its 2014-2015 20th Anniversary product catalog. The updated catalog, which is now available digitally for download at www.videomount.com as well as in print, will also be available at ISC East 2014, held in New York from Nov. 19-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, booth 430.VMP 2014-15 Product Catalog cover

VMP’s comprehensive product offering of flat panel and projector mounts, racks and cabinets as well as mounts and accessories for security, antenna, and satellite, address growing market segments across many industries. With more than 30 new products, the 2014/2015 product catalog is sure to offer all the mounting solutions installation professionals need and without a bunch of confusing redundancy. Backed by the industry’s only FOREVER warranty and exemplary customer service, VMP’s flexible, affordable, and reliable products continue to prove why they are an industry leader.

“We wouldn’t be celebrating our twentieth anniversary without our customers, and that’s why we place such a high emphasis on our customer service and product diversity,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “This catalog is a testament to our enduring quest for quality, and our thanks to our customers.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Groove3 Unveils $99 All Access Annual Web Pass

Become a better producer with unlimited access to online audio tutorials for about the cost of 2 cups of coffee a month!

Austin, TX – October 30, 2014 – Beyond one-day events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Groove3 has launched the Black November Sale and is offering new customers an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during entire month of November. Normally $150, customers gain instant online access to every video tutorial currently available on Groove3.com as well as new videos that are added during their 1-year membership.

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Groove3.com hosts nearly 900 hours of innovative, inventive and progressive online video training for music producers of all levels, covering all of the top digital audio workstations, plug-ins, and virtual instruments on the market as well as essential audio topics like recording, mixing, and mastering. Groove3’s expert trainers are working musicians and audio professionals that know how to get the most from their gear and apply that knowledge to real-world workflow. New content is added weekly and is accessible with the All Access Annual Web Pass.

While there is plenty of video instruction on YouTube, Groove3 takes the guess work out of finding consistently high-quality instruction backed by more than 10 years of experience in working closely with audio experts and directly with manufacturers. This saves the end-user countless hours of searching the web for relevant, high quality video instruction.

“My schedule is so hectic that I don’t have the time it takes to fully learn the latest and greatest software,” said Trace Foster, engineer and guitar tech for Joe Perry of Aerosmith. “Now I just put on a Groove3 video while we’re flying or on the bus and before long, I’m so far ahead of the learning curve! It really makes my life easy.”

There has never been a better time to become a Groove3 member. In addition to the Black November Sale price of $99, members will have access to new content from a recent development partnership with publishing giant Hal Leonard, which will include titles on drums, guitars, bass and keyboard playing and more. Several new titles are due out in November and December as well as many more in 2015.

For more information and to purchase an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during the Black November Sale, visit http://www.groove3.com/str/access-it-all.html.

About Groove3:
For over 10 years, Groove3 has been on providing informative and effective training and content that is in-depth yet easy to follow. Their products are currently in use by thousands of musicians, engineers, producers, project studio owners, colleges, universities, trade schools, and working professionals. They were the first to offer training videos specifically targeted to the pro audio community via online access and the first to offer regular video content updates for their members. Groove3 offers the most flexible options for purchasing their training and viewing the content with DRM free downloads, iOS and Android apps, as well as an intuitive streaming player.

iZotope Releases Ozone 6: Creative Mastering Platform

Ozone 6 features a redesigned interface, standalone application, and new Dynamic EQ module

Cambridge, MA (October 30, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has launched the latest version of its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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Ozone 6 is a creative mastering platform that enables both project studio producers and mastering engineers to easily add a final level of professional polish to their mix.

The modern new workflow is centered around creativity. A fully redesigned interface and real-time visual feedback in every module assist users in creating masters with ease.

“Our goal was to create an elegant visual aesthetic and fluid workflow,” says iZotope Product Manager Brett Bunting, “in order to bring the creative elements of mastering front and center and allow users to define their own sound.”

Ozone 6 takes the guesswork and the manual labor out of the mastering process, helping users experiment without fear of making the wrong sonic choices. Using Ozone’s presets as a starting point, pros and newcomers alike can immediately achieve authentic sounds in any genre.

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Ozone also produces great sound, providing the warmth and character of analog sound without the restrictions of hardware. And since Ozone 6 works as either a standalone application or a suite of plug-ins, users can choose to work exclusively in Ozone, or to complement their audio editor of choice.

For professional users, the Advanced version’s Dynamic EQ module lives and breathes with your music, harnessing the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor. It’s an ideal tool for transparently sculpting audio.

“Ozone is full of great mastering tools,” says Adam Ayan, GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering, “and it just keeps getting better!”

Learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

Watch the video at http://youtu.be/GZMvIxPZ-50.

Availability
Ozone 6 is available now at www.izotope.com/ozone and at select retailers.

Pricing
Ozone 6 – Promotional Price: $199 USD, Regular Price: $249 USD

Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $599 USD, Regular Price: $999 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6: Always available at a special price of $99 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $399 USD, Regular Price: $750 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 5 Advanced to Ozone 6 Advanced: Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchased Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.

Customers who purchased Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Christie Displays Cost-Effective and Versatile Control Room Technology at SecureTech 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences with versatile and cost-effective solutions for mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability, is bringing its surveillance and security solutions to SecureTech 2014, Canada’s only all-encompassing public safety, emergency management, and security showcase. Hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), the show takes place November 3-5 at the Ottawa Convention Center. The Christie booth includes high resolution flat panels, the Christie Phoenix® open content management platform, and the Christie® Brio Team+ integrated wireless collaboration system.

Christie Phoenix featured at SecureTech 2014

Christie Phoenix featured at SecureTech 2014

Christie Phoenix provides seamless collaboration for the global workplace
Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data for thousands of viewers simultaneously regardless of location, breaking through physical walls of control rooms to encompass a global workplace. Christie Phoenix consists of one or more hardware nodes and web-based management software connected through a standard IP network. Using the powerful Christie Phoenix, security and surveillance operations, utility companies, government institutions, along with transportation and telecommunications centers, can make quicker and more accurate life-critical decisions, and share appropriate data even in the most challenging of environments. Christie Phoenix is renowned for ease of use and its ability to encode, decode and simultaneously display over 1000 video sources on multiple displays walls using multiple desktops.

Christie Brio – the future of collaboration
The award-winning Christie® Brio family of meeting presentation and collaboration solutions allow users to connect, collect and share content through a single unit. The family includes Brio Team, Brio Team+ and Brio Enterprise. At SecureTech, Christie will display Brio Team+, with an integrated wireless access point that eliminates the need for apps or additional hardware to mirror the full desktop of tablets, phones or laptops as 30 fps HD video sources in a collaboration session. Ideal for meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Brio Team+ displays high quality video content at native resolutions through DVI video inputs that support video output sources 2560 by 1600 at 30 Hz or 1920 by 1080 at 60 Hz with HDCP.

Christie Flat Panels – Ideal fit for control rooms
Today’s security and surveillance systems going beyond basic displaying and monitoring and Christie flat panels deliver the image clarity and versatility needed in control room environments.

The booth features the Christie FHD552-X LCD flat panel. This 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel (only 3.5mm when tiled) flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density, and LED-backlit screen so images look sharp at any distance – all with energy-efficient operation and low cost of ownership.

Christie flat panels are installed in numerous control rooms and operations centres, including FishNet Securities, the largest independently-owned, privately-held information security solutions provider in the United States with clients in the energy, financial services, government, healthcare and retail sectors. Using Christie MicroTiles and Christie JumpStart content management tool, the large video wall displays intelligence data and surveillance video along with dashboard information — service tickets, the number of active service calls and service calls handled per person. The SOC at FishNet also serves as a showroom for clients and Christie MicroTiles can be used to display engaging 3D and interactive content.

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Christie and Wincomn Honor Mongolian Folk Hero With 360-Degree Projection Display

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, together with its Chinese partner Wincomn Technology, assisted the Jangar Culture & Arts Palace to present an engaging 360-degree projection display to honor Jangar, one of the most respected Mongolian folk heroes.

Christie's 360 Projection Display at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace

Christie’s 360 Projection Display at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace

Located in the Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous County in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the recently opened Jangar Culture & Arts Palace is a majestic circular-shaped museum measuring over 6,000 square meters. It took four years to complete. The four-story structure features an elaborate showcase of Jangar’s life story and the rich heritage of Mongolian culture. One of the biggest highlights is the permanent 360-degree visual display on the first floor that recounts the Mongolian Khan’s heroic exploits with spectacular visuals made possible with eight Christie DS+6K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Beautifully displayed on a continuous flat screen measuring 12 meters wide by 4 meters high and using Christie Twist™, which offers seamless edge blending and color matching capabilities, the 10-minute show features highly realistic imagery and sound effects for an immersive experience. Wincomn Technology was responsible for the design, selection, installation and commissioning of the overall audio, visual and control solutions.

“The contents of the projection mapping performance are based on the Jangar Epic, a unique form of Mongolian storytelling and dance dating back to the 15th century,” said Zhiqiang Liu, project manager, Wincomn Technology. “We are very proud and honored to present one of the three great epics of ancient Chinese literature through projections on a 360-degree screen, and are pleased that the deployment of eight Christie DS+6K-M projectors have enabled us to provide visitors with a high quality and immersive viewing experience.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, added, “We are thrilled that Christie’s robust M Series projectors have been used for the first time to recount the amazing story of Jangar, who was elected Khan at just seven years of age, defeated the monster Mangus with his mighty warriors and established a Mongolian-style utopia. This visually-arresting 360-degree projection mapping performance is a fitting tribute to Jangar at this magnificent venue and it is an honor for Christie to play a role in breathing new life to this legendary folk hero and helping Jangar Culture & Arts Palace to create memorable shared experiences.”

Noted as a flexible, efficient 3-chip DLP® digital projector, the Christie DS+6K-M is easily tailored to meet the needs of the end user. The projector comes in a sleek, compact chassis and is equipped with a full set of options, including 2D and 3D capability. It also contains a dual lamp system, offering high efficiency and low cost of ownership.

The Christie M series projectors additionally come with features such as Christie Twist and Comprehensive Color Adjustment to ensure unparalleled edge blending capability and color uniformity across the entire display. This is a critical benefit for larger scale projection mapping projects, such as this 360-degree projection mapping performance at Jangar Culture & Arts Palace.

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

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.

Listen Technologies/Televic:
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment, including conference rooms and meetings. As the exclusive U.S. distributor of Televic conference systems, Listen Technologies helps businesses provide clear and convenient communication anywhere, any time. Televic, based in Belgium, is recognized world-wide as experts in providing the best possible conference solutions. For more information on Listen Technologies watch this short video or visit www.listentech.com.

CONTACTS:
Listen Technologies Press Contact:
Kim Spencer / Tel: 801-542-7720 / kim.spencer@listentech.com / www.listentech.com

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Christie Supports Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche Festival as Presenting Sponsor

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, was the presenting sponsor of the acclaimed Illuminus: Nuit Blanche festival in Boston, a free nighttime festival of creative innovation that took place on Saturday, October 25 that transformed the historic and artsy SoWa district neighborhood into a vibrant urban canvas. Offering a unique opportunity for regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators to showcase “their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works,” Illuminus lit up Harrison Avenue with large scale projection displays. Christie’s Creative Services also spearheaded the content production for some of the experiences throughout the evening.

Projected images at Boston's Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Projected images at Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Committed to good corporate citizenship and supporting digital art, Christie donated a wide range of display equipment, content and artistic services to help the event come to life. Christie products included Christie® MicroTiles® and LCD flat panels, as well as a variety of projectors that included the Christie LX700 XGA LCD, Christie Roadster S +20K and Roadie HD +35K, and Christie Roadster HD 10K-M projectors. The company also contributed by delivering impactful visual experiences based on the work of two artists from Converse’s “Blank Canvas” series – Caleb Neelon and Kenji Nakayama.

“Once the sun went down, artists could paint a new reality with light and projection,” said Jeff Grantz, Illuminus event producer and founder of Boston-based creative design firm, Materials & Methods. “Christie visual display products were the key, not only providing the cutting-edge display technology, but also some of the content and acting as a creative consultant, helping bring the artists’ vision into sharp focus.”

Lightweight and portable, all of the projectors were equipped with interchangeable lenses that provided the flexibility necessary for an event of this scale. Their powerful Christie Twist™ feature, which manages complex arrayed projectors, allowed them to distort projected content onto buildings and surrounding spaces to ensure optimal alignment and edge-blending. The results were stunning images and 3-D projections, flung across building facades, ceilings, and any other space or object that inspired the artists to “think big.”

Grantz, who also co-produced New York’s versions of the event in the arts-driven SoHo area of Manhattan, called Christie’s Senior Director of Experience Strategy and Creative Services Denys Lavigne, Illuminus: Nuit Blanche’s “patron saint.” Lavigne’s Global Professional Services group provided the equipment, services and digital content.

“Denys is one of those rare creative individuals who gets both the big picture and the little details,” he said. “We were plagued with bad weather that limited onsite resources and the amount of time we had to pull the whole thing together. Among the ‘miracles’ created by his team was a stunning ‘color bar’ sculpture using 40 Christie MicroTiles. It provided a beautiful backdrop that was probably photographed with people standing in front of it about 10,000 times! That’s Christie creativity: The ability to create something amazing – to be an integral part of a transformative cultural arts event like Illuminus, which will have a lasting impact on the city of Boston.”

Lavigne noted that, with the recent announcements at ShowEast with Christie’s 360 degree digital delivery capabilities the company is accomplishing something highly unique in its approach to multimedia network operations in the industry.

“Festivals like Illuminus are a wildly creative blend of digital art, traditional art, and a wide array of multimedia technologies – which inspire our teams to push the boundaries in how we approach creativity in digital media,” Lavigne remarked. “This event is one of the many installations that showcased Christie’s capabilities in developing next-generation experiential installations. It proved that Christie is out there, taking on the most sophisticated experiences and challenges to deliver a new level of engagement for a wide range of audiences.”

Gantz added: “Boston’s South End presented daunting challenges that would have otherwise proven a nightmare without the critical and creative thinking from the Christie team.”

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Italian Superstar Pino Daniele Chooses DPA Microphones

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Pino Daniele, one of Italy’s best known singer/songwriters and a man whose career spans both genres and decades, has recently started using a range of DPA microphones, including the company’s ground-breaking d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Fabrizio Facioni, Daniele’s sound engineer, jumped at the chance of using d:facto when the opportunity presented itself.

“I like its sound. It’s so ‘present’ and natural,” he says. “This microphone reproduces exactly what it is given in terms of the vocal, and that greatly simplifies my job.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone joined a range of DPA mics that were used over the summer for the NERO A META’ tour, which reunited Daniele with band members from the 1980s alongside special guests. For his forthcoming theatre tour, the line-up is more intimate and includes Pino Daniele on vocals and acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar, an upright bass, piano and drums played by internationally acclaimed producer and arranger Alfredo Golino, who regularly works with artists such as Laura Pausini.

Facioni says: “The decision to use DPA microphones initially came about when I needed a microphone for Pino’s acoustic guitar. I spoke to Agora, our PA rental company, and they recommended DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. After trying one, I knew it was perfect for the task. Both Pino and I were so impressed that we decided to use d:vote 4099s on his guitar and on the second acoustic guitar.”

Facioni adds that the improvement in sound made him question the microphones he was using on the other instruments in Daniele’s intimate line-up. It was at this point that Alfredo Golino suggested he got in touch with Salvatore Zocco from DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer for more advice on the DPA range.

Salvatore Zocco says: “Alfredo is a great ambassador for DPA and has used the company’s microphones for a long time, so it was perfectly natural for him to put Fabrizio in touch with me. I was able to recommend the most appropriate microphones for Fabrizio’s requirements.”

The final choice came down to d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the high hat, snare (top and bottom) and toms. DPA d:dicate™ ST4011C and ST4015C Recording Microphones were respectively chosen to handle overheads and percussion. The acoustic guitars and upright bass are also miked with d:vote 4099s, while Pino Daniele has two d:facto Vocal Microphones – one for when he’s standing and the other for when he performs with his acoustic guitar.

“I have been very satisfied with the results these microphones have delivered,” Facioni adds. These were exactly the mics I needed to give me a natural sound. I am a studio engineer as well, so I already knew DPA mics for piano and orchestra and I like them a lot. But this is the first time I have tried them for percussion and bass and I am definitely impressed.”

And perhaps more importantly, Pino Daniele himself has also been impressed with the performance of the d:facto Vocal Microphone which he used consistently during his summer tour of Italy’s sports arenas.

“We are now planning more dates in smaller theatre venues during November and December and the d:facto will once again be part of our microphone set up,” adds. “It has worked for Pino and he really like it. He says he now recognises his own voice!”

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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

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