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Press Releases For : January 6, 2015

Riedel Products at the 2015 NAMM Show:

The 2015 NAMM Show Product Preview
Riedel Communications
Hall A Stand 6108
Jan. 22-25

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Supporting AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first network-based platform supporting AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The dedicated intercom application, “My First Riedel,” turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connections to panels.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Tango-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: Tango TNG-200

RSP-2318 Smartpanel
The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and AV professionals communicate. The world’s first control panel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1-RU. These features make Riedel’s new Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the Smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.

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Photo Caption: RSP-2318 Smartpanel

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft, the new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The 1-RU box offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

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Photo Caption: The 1-RU STX-200 Skype Interface

Other Products on Display:
- Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems
- RockNet Audio Systems
- MediorNet and MediorNet Compact
- MediorNet MetroN Core Router

Company Quote:

“Riedel comes to NAMM with several new solutions for music and AV professionals. From our innovative new Smartpanel to the new Tango communications platform to our STX-200 interface for bringing Skype content into live production, we will demonstrate how networking infrastructures can be harnessed to enable new, cost-efficient workflows.”
– Christopher Street, GM, North & Central America, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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ARGOSY Presents Video Interview with Acclaimed Engineer, Producer, Musician and Songwriter John Alagia

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Eldon, MO (January 6, 2015) — As part of a series of videos to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary and to recognize their valuable customers, ARGOSY has released a video interview with GRAMMY®-winning engineer, producer, musician and songwriter John Alagia

Alagia, who has an ARGOSY console supplied by the Village for his studio at the multi-story recording complex, also has another ARGOSY console at Crabtrap, his home studio which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

“I saw the Argosy online and thought, I have to have one, “says Alagia. “And it has never moved since I built it. It is comfortable, functional and I like the design of it. I have been using Argosy for more than 14 years.”

Alagia is best known for his long working relationships with Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Jason Mraz, as well as Ben Folds, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Liz Phair, Rachael Yamagata, Zac Brown and many others Last year Alagia co-founded of Drive Music (www.drivemusic.com), with multi-platinum songwriter Nolan Sipe, an independent publishing and record company which is in constant pursuit of new talent as well as progressive areas of development.

See the interview with John Alagia at: http://youtu.be/huAkO-Fn1oQ

About The Village Studios
Founded in 1968, The Village is a state-of-the-art, full-service recording complex housed in a Masonic Temple built in the roaring Twenties in West Los Angeles. The Village is famous for landmark sessions by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Supertramp and Pink Floyd, and recent artists including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, John Mayer and many, many others. The studio is well known for its film and television scoring and commercial work, with an impressive list of movie soundtracks, from the Bodyguard and Shawshank Redemption to Walk the Line and many others, as well as recent projects including weekly mixes of the music soundtrack for ABC’s primetime series “Nashville” and production of the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games.”
www.villagestudios.com

About ARGOSY
ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for world-class recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

Build your own dream studio by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

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digicom to Represent Dan Dugan Sound Design in Japan

Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc. has announced the appointment of digicom, located in Nagoya, Japan as the company’s exclusive distributor for that country.

Operating both as a manufacturer and distributor/installer, digicom provides quality products and services to the Live Sound and Broadcast industries. Along with Dugan automatic mixing controllers, other products in the digicom line include control systems (manufactured by digicom), digital distribution systems from Atterotech; personal monitor systems and network audio from Pivitec; fiber optic systems from Fiberplex Technologies llc and Connex; Dante breakout systems from Four Audio; locking power cables from Schaffner and Ethernet switching products from Luminex.

“digicom is the perfect choice for selling Dugan products into Japan,” said Dan Dugan, President and CEO. “Their knowledge of the live sound and broadcast industries, and the complementary products they sell, will ensure the best support of the Dugan line to the discerning Japanese market.”

“We are pleased to represent Dan Dugan Sound Design,” said Haruo Abe, CEO of digicom. “As the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer, Mr. Dugan has the most experience of anyone in this field, and his company’s products are widely respected.”

Dan Dugan Sound Design, now in its 47th year, has been designing automatic microphone mixing technology since the late 1960s. Technologies invented by Dan Dugan include the Dugan Speech System, which automatically manages any number of live microphones in unscripted talking situations, the Dugan Music System, which offers automatic downward expansion to help reduce feedback and noise pick-up in live performances, and Dugan Gain Limiting, which provides a continuous, stepless, number-of-open-microphones master gain adjusting system. All three technologies provide the best possible mix of live microphones, providing fast, transparent cross-fades without upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise. Transitions between talkers are smooth and consistent no matter how many mics are open. Dugan products are used in broadcast talk shows, corporate meetings, political events, educational settings, live theatre and other applications. The products are not mixers in themselves; rather, they are accessories to sound mixing consoles. The “Dugans” patch into the input insert points of a mixing console, giving the board operator all of the features of the board such as EQ and sends along with automatic mixing.

For more information on digicom, visit http://e-digicom.co.jp .

Danny Michael Runs on DPA Microphones


Veteran sound mixer chooses company’s d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Mic to cover his audio needs, from television to the big screen

NEW YORK, JANUARY 6, 2015 – Whether Danny Michael is working on the set of a television pilot or the next box-office hit, the veteran production sound mixer relies on DPA Microphones for his diverse miking needs. Using his trusted d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun for traditional booming situations, Michael occasionally turns to a variety of the company’s other mics for the wide range of productions he works on.

DPA Microphones_Night at the MuseumAfter first discovering DPA Microphones in 2011 during pre-production for Now You See Me, Michael’s admiration for the company quickly grew. “I was tasked with finding a headset mic to use during the on-stage magic scenes in the movie,” he says. “We received a few different samples, but the DPA d:fine stood out as it provided the best sound. Since it was ultimately an artistic decision, I left it to the director to make the final call and, luckily, he also preferred the d:fine. That little mic piqued my interest to try additional DPA products and I’ve been using the brand ever since.”

Within the last year, Michael has also used DPA mics on a variety of productions, including the New York set of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, directed by Shawn Levy. The third installment of family-friendly action series revisits Larry Daley, a night-shift museum security guard portrayed by Ben Stiller, who is on duty when the ancient artifacts come to life and bring him along for their adventures. While filming exterior shots with Stiller and Ricky Gervais, who plays Dr. McPhee, outside of the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, Michael relied on DPA’s d:dicate 4017B to battle the noise of Central Park West.

“We found that the d:dicate 4017B was very useful for this project since it is small and lightweight, which lends perfectly for use during closer shots on the actors,” says Michael. “With other microphones, which tend to be longer, when you come in for a close-up, sometimes it doesn’t sound flattering because it adds an odd tube-like sound. The d:dicate doesn’t have that discoloration, which is a very positive aspect.”

In addition to removing the noise of the streets and sidewalks, the d:dicate 4017B is built to provide clear directional sound, regardless of the environmental conditions. This ensured that there was no delay in the mics performance during the outdoor shots, which took place during the heart of New York’s blustery winter.

Michael once again favored the 4017B facing the city’s rough weather while filming the pilot for NBC’s upcoming fall drama, Allegiance, starring Hope Davis and Scott Cohen. Allegiance focuses on Alex O’Connor (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and young CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents, Mark (Cohen) and Katya (Davis), are covert Russian spies. Deactivated decades ago, the Kremlin has now re-enlisted them into service.

“I am using the d:dicate 4017B more frequently and trying it on a variety of projects to get an even better feel for what it can withstand,” Michael adds. “I’ve compared it to other standard mics on the market and found that DPA is the top contender.”

Michael has also started to incorporate the company’s d:screet Miniature Microphones into his rig in conjunction with his d:dicate 4017B, as he continues to add to the list of projects in which he sources DPA Microphones. These include This is Where I Leave You, a comedy directed by Levy and starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stroll, Kathryn Hahn and Jane Fonda, set to be released in theaters this fall; and The Intern, directed by Nancy Meyers, starring Anne Hathaway, Nat Wolff and Robert De Niro, which is currently in production.

Michael is an industry veteran who has worked as a sound mixer on other blockbuster films, such as The Departed, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 8 Mile and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His work on the film Mississippi Burning earned him a Best Sound BAFTA Award and Oscar Nomination for the same category.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Masque Sound Continues Broadway Run with Season’s Most Anticipated Revival, The Elephant Man

Elephant Man, The Booth TheatreNEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 6, 2014Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, recently provided a custom audio equipment package for the current Broadway revival of Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award®-winning play The Elephant Man, which is now playing a limited engagement through February 15, 2015 at the Booth Theatre in New York City.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award® winner Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola return to Broadway in The Elephant Man, directed by seven-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis. Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson), who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions, and so begins a story of love as unique as “The Elephant Man” himself.

Elephant Man, The Booth TheatreJohn Gromada, Tony Award®-nominee and three-time Drama Desk-winning sound designer and composer, worked closely with Masque Sound to create an intimate and very natural sounding experience for the audience. “In designing the sound for The Elephant Man, my job was to provide transition music and sound, delivering the aural landscape that keeps the production moving forward,” says Gromada. “With about 20 scenes in total, my goal, artistically, was to sew the whole production together, take those scenes and make something full out of them in a way that was bold and daring. As always, I also wanted to ensure that all of the performers are heard properly and that the vocals are reinforced in a realistic way. The equipment Masque Sound provided made sure that we were able to do this, and my associate, Charles Coes, did a wonderful job of assembling the system.”

One of Gromada’s biggest challenges in designing the sound was with the layout of the theatre itself. “The Booth Theatre is a fairly intimate house, but there is a very deep under-balcony that makes it difficult for people who are sitting in that location to hear what is happening on-stage,” adds Gromada. “In order to overcome this and allow those people to hear the actors and sound score well, we consulted with Masque Sound and put together an under-balcony audio system, which provided excellent coverage in this area and made every seat in the house a good one.”

At the heart of the equipment package that Masque Sound provided was a Yamaha DM1000 digital console. Because the front of house had such a small footprint, the compact size and flexibility of the DM1000 made it an ideal solution and was Gromada’s console of choice. Gromada also used Yamaha DME processors for delay zones. The speaker system featured an array of equipment from audiotechnik d&b, including E9, E3 and E0 loudspeakers for the front fill. As the director wanted to give a sense of surround around the house, Gromada utilized EAW-Eastern Acoustic Works JF60s for the rears and sides surround system.

Elephant Man, The Booth TheatreTo reinforce the show, Gromada relied on five DPA 4021 microphones across the front deck of the stage. “There is no substitute for the 4021s in terms of clarity and presence,” Gromada adds. “It’s a pretty amazing little microphone. It’s so discreet, and there is usually never more than one mic up at a time. In an effort to make the show sound as natural as possible, the show’s engineer, Adam Smolenski, is doing a fantastic job of putting together a very active mix of the 4021s, which helps deliver a much cleaner sound to the audience.”

In addition to the custom audio equipment package, Masque Sound also provided its expert frequency coordination services for the show, which can be complicated to manage in the congested Broadway theatre space. “We threw a curve ball at them by adding wireless at the last second and Masque Sound was able to accommodate us, and made the whole process one that was seamless,” concludes Gromada. “We had a fairly limited budget, but Masque Sound was able to provide us with everything that was on our equipment list, without compromising on quality. The service I get from Masque Sound is always top rate, the quality control is excellent, and there is always a quick solution to any problems. Masque Sound is truly a fantastic company to work with.”

Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic, The Elephant Man, is scheduled to run through Sunday, February 15 at the Booth Theatre, located on 222 West 45th Street in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.elephantmanbroadway.com.

About Masque Sound

Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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New Wohler Products at BVE 2015

BVE 2015
Wohler Technologies Product Preview
Exhibiting on Stand L01

Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) Automated File-Based Retiming Solution
Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) is a file-based retiming solution that enables automated plus or minus run-time adjustment of media assets while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption/subtitle integrity. Based on the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) running Cinnafilm’s award-winning Tachyon algorithms, Tachyon Wormhole allows content owners and broadcasters to meet specific customers’ length requirements cost-effectively and efficiently. In many cases, this solution enables users to replace a great deal of expensive specialized hardware with a single server at a fraction of the cost.

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Photo Caption: Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) Automated File-Based Retiming Solution

MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Providing functionality critical for facilities migrating toward IP-oriented distribution networks, the award-winning MPEG Series monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. To meet broadcasters’ increasing need for stream-based monitoring, the MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display in high resolution both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet) while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors accommodate audio with level meters, GPI, and tally. Convenient monitoring capabilities include Dolby Digital and DigitalPlus decoding, as well as the capacity to decode as many as 12 audio groups. In-picture level metering of up to 16 channels of audio is provided for both average and PPM (peak) levels with selectable meter scales.

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Photo Caption: Wohler MPEG-4290 Video Monitor

AMP2-E16V Series Modular Audio/Video Processing Monitor
The AMP2-E16V monitor’s feature list continues to be the longest in the industry, yet the product is operated with one-touch simplicity. In addition to its top-quality audio system, it features simultaneous multiformat monitoring, quick program selection, instant stereo downmix, loudness monitoring, internal channel mixing including SDI re-embedding, and audio delays. The monitor also includes a wide variety of meter scales and ways to view meters, video, and Dolby or SMPTE 2020 metadata.

The AMP2-E16V offers Dolby Zoom, Dolby E line position, and CRC error monitoring, as well as automatic system configuration based upon signal inputs, 32 system configuration presets, an internal help system, and software updates via Ethernet. Audio processor card options facilitate easy configuration for multiple SDI, AES I/O, and analog I/O signals with connections to external surround systems.

A new AVB Monitoring Option card allows AVB channels to be mixed, level-adjusted, and monitored alongside AES, SDI, analog, and other input types, and in the same fashion. Further enhancements include new processing modules and newly developed software that expand the feature set and capabilities to include loudness monitoring and extended audio interfacing.

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Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-E16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor
Wohler’s new AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor provides high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The 1-RU system de-embeds and provides metering and monitoring of any or all of the 16 audio channels in the selected 3G/HD/SD-SDI stream. It assures intuitive operation and clear display of levels and other critical information using bright 2.4-inch LED-backlit LCD displays, enabling one-touch monitoring and summing of any selected channel pair(s) to built-in speakers, headphones, or XLR-balanced analog outputs.

The AMP1-16M monitor features a number of convenient capabilities, including remote access for setup and storage of user-defined presets via Ethernet and USB connections, along with gain adjustment/trim of individual audio channels with the ability to assign channels as left, right, or center (both) to the internal audio system and the analog outputs. It offers both pass-through of each SDI input and a re-clocked output of the selected monitored SDI stream.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/Wohler-AMP1-16M-Dual-3G-HD-SD-SDI-AudioMonitor.jpg
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor

RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) Version 9
The award-winning version 9 of the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) offers broadcasters a variety of powerful tools that boost the efficiency of file-based workflows for multiplatform media delivery. The platform enables fully compliant OTT offerings for leading formats, including MPEG-DASH, HLS, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and aids broadcasters and other content producers in meeting the array of target bit rates, resolutions, and frame rates necessary for today’s content delivery ecosystems.

The media processing engine parallelizes complex audio loudness correction alongside the video at unprecedented speeds. Along with optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K Ultra HD support, and bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV, the RadiantGrid platform has been enhanced with the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct(TM) video legalization option, which leverages Wohler’s unique RightHue(TM) algorithm to ensure comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain.

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Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

Company Quote:

“BVE always provides a valuable opportunity for us to showcase the latest refinements to our award-winning product line. This year we’ll feature popular products from our baseband, stream, and file-based lines, demonstrating the convenience and cost-savings they bring to critical media monitoring and processing operations. For the first time at BVE, we will showcase the acclaimed Tachyon Wormhole automated retiming solution, which gives content owners and producers a radically improved workflow for meeting different clients’ specific media retiming requirements.”
– Craig Newbury, Vice President Sales, RadiantGrid

Company Overview:

Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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Sound Works Productions Celebrates NYE in Style With NEXO and Yamaha

Sound Works Pro NYE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—It was a ‘big night’ in Chicago on New Year’s Eve when Sound Works Productions (Frankfort, IL) was hired to provide audio production for a celebratory party held in the Grand Ballroom of the Historic Palmer House Hilton. Billed as Big Night Chicago, the event was attended by over 3,000 who said goodbye to 2014 and rang in 2015.

“The Grand Ballroom at the Historic Palmer House Hilton Chicago is a unique space, states Daniel Nickleski, Owner/Director of Operations, Sound Works Productions. For this event, we couldn’t hang anything from the ceiling and needed to have a system that was light enough to be supported by ground lifts. The shape of the room is special as well; a large oval room with very high ceilings and a deep rectangular room off the back half.

Performances included DJ duo Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle among others. “With DJs on New Year’s Eve, we also needed a rig that has high SPL. The NEXO GEO S12 boxes gave us the lightweight footprint and pattern control, and the RS18’s Ray Subs made sure everyone felt the lows.” Nickleski said the balance of the coverage was achieved with NEXO PS10s as front fills and delays. The rig was the obvious choice for this event.”

A Yamaha LS9 Digital Audio Console performed at front of house with NX Amps handling all of the power and processing.

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, 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.

Lightware Unveils 4K Compatible TPS Wallplate Extenders with Remote Powering

wp_umx_tps_extendersLightware USA has announced the next stage of the development of the Lightware HDBaseT product line: the wallplate version of the UMX-TPS series, which will launch early 2015. They are the ideal solution for many small meeting and classroom applications or as part of a larger multi-room system when paired with a Lightware MX series Modular Matrix.

The Lightware UMX-TPS products are designed to transmit multiple video formats at resolutions up to 4K. Video, audio and control can be sent up to 170 meters at 1080p over a single CATx cable with these extenders. The WP-UMX-TPS-TX120-US model supports VGA and HDMI while the WP-UMX-TPS-TX130-US adds DisplayPort to the list of formats it supports.

The TX120 extender is designed to handle digital and analog video and audio signals, e.g. VGA, YPrPb and HDMI1.4 with analog stereo audio from local inputs or embedded 7.1 HBR audio. The TX130 model adds DP 1.1 signal support to the roster.

Analog audio and video signals are converted to digital formats in the extenders, which can transmit the audio and the video signal separately from each other. Units offer bidirectional and transparent RS-232 and Ethernet transmission and unidirectional and transparent IR transmission. The IR and RS-232 connections also support command injection from the MX series Modular Matrix. Remote powering is available through the single CAT 5e/CAT 7 cable, but a local power supply can also be used.

“The two new extenders are compatible with any of the currently available TPS receiver products and can be incorporated into the MX series modular matrices which size up to 80×80,” says Lightware USA Director of Sales, Drew Taylor. “They will ship early in 2015.”

Lightware USA has also unveiled the TPS-PI-1P1, a new remote powering solution supporting the PoE standard and providing power to a remote TPS transmitter or receiver.

Based on this new PoE technology, every TX and RX unit will be power receivers or can be fed locally by a power supply. Remote powering can be achieved by using the TPS-PI-1P1 single-port power injector unit, which is optimized for HDBaseT transmission.
The TPS-PI-1P1 can be placed anywhere in the TPS transmission chain. The incoming data stays untouched, and the signal quality is unaffected. But a 48V DC remote power is added to the signal by the device.

The unit provides unidirectional remote power only, but thanks to a 12V local output option, the other device can also be powered by the TPS-PI-1P1 if they are placed close to each other. No power supplies for the TX or RX are needed. Power for the injector itself is provided by its own power adapter, which is included. The unit has four front panel LED indicators for monitoring operations and troubleshooting.

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Norway’s Critically-Acclaimed Susanna Switches To DPA

Susanna Wallumr¿d 2012
Norway’s Susanna, one of the most original artists currently working in the Nordic music scene, has been making the most of the DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone that she acquired last year from the company’s Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer AS.

“My d:facto Vocal Microphone gives the transparent sound I like, and gives me the best starting point for the work I am doing,” Susanna says. “Either I am singing with acoustic instruments like baroque harp and nyckelharpe [a traditional Swedish instrument], or I am processing my voice with electronics.”

The microphone came into its own during her recent tour, which visited USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the UK. Susanna also has a new album out – Meshes of Voice – a stunning collaboration with another shining light of the Nordic scene, Jenny Hval, on her own label, SusannaSonata.

As its title suggests, Susanna’s album is all about her vocals and how they blend with Jenny Hval’s voice. The project is based on an exchange of letters and then a live collaboration between the two artists, and stems back to 2009. It is, according to Susanna, a record inspired by Gaudi, bestiaries and Maya Deren’s short experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon, and the pair’s voices swoop and call over the evolving soundscapes that unfold below them.

“The d:facto is my new favorite microphone,” she adds. “For many years already I have been traveling with my own vocal microphones, because I deeply care about the sound of my voice and how it is mediated in the best possible way, from me to the audience.”

More tour dates are in the offing during which Susanna’s growing audiences can hear exactly why she rates DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone so highly – and why many critics rate her so highly as well. www.susannamagical.com

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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

Level 42 Adds DPA Microphones to its Tour Roster

Level 42s Mark King with DPA dfacto

British pop/rock band Level 42 has recently introduced a selection of DPA microphones into its live sound arsenal, including DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for brass and toms, and a d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Recording Microphone for the ride cymbal.

One of the mainstays of the British music scene for over three decades, the band is currently undergoing an audio transition that has seen them switch to DPA microphones and introduce in-ear monitors so they can do away with a ‘whole stage full of wedges’. According to Mark ‘Joey’ Jowitt, who has been Level 42′s sound engineer since 1999, seeing the last of the wedges was a wonderful feeling.

“Thank technology that those days have gone,” he says. “It’s taken a while, but it’s all ears now. Musicians switching to in-ears find it quite disconcerting at first – as you move around the stage nothing changes in level, and that takes some getting used to. But the benefits are immense. In my experience bands become tighter, their pitching improves and obviously FOH engineers love it.”

Level 42 co-founder and one of the world’s leading funk bassists, Mark King, certainly appreciates the difference, especially when the stage set up is coupled with the renowned sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“Most engineers will tell you that mic spillage is one of the hardest things to overcome during the performance, and I for one have spent far too much time trying to clean up vocal parts because of drums and monitors screaming down an open mic that is being driven too hard,” he says.

Jowitt adds: “With the d:facto, we were impressed by its overall rejection of unwanted residual noise. More often than not, condenser mics on vocals tend to become another drum overhead when you come off them, but there were no such issues with this mic.”

Mark King believes that the exceptional sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone is also allowing him to sing more freely during live performances.

“The definition in the lower registers has improved significantly for me since I started using d:facto,” he says. “It was such a difference that I bought two microphones to carry with us all the time in case the production team we were working with couldn’t supply them. Having the d:facto is like having a great studio mic onstage. I love it!”

The DPA microphones used during Level 42′s tour were supplied by Capital Sound Hire and DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network. These included d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones that earned the respect of the band and the sound crew for their ability to ensure all 18 channels of Pete Ray Biggin’s titanic drum kit could be heard.

“With the kit being so large and such an important part of Level 42’s sound, tight miking is imperative,” says Jowitt. “The size and clip fitting of the d:vote 4099 was quick and easy, which is good as miking a kit of that size can become quite tedious after the first 10 shows! It also has a very big sound for such a small diaphragm.”

With 2014’s Sirens tour now behind them, Level 42 is looking forward to a busy 2015 that will see them touring Japan before moving on to the European festival circuit and wrapping the year up in a one-off show at London’s indigo at the O2. Quite what the kit list will be for the dates is, as yet, undecided, but Jowitt is confident it will include DPA microphones because ‘they sound fantastic’.

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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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