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Press Releases For : December 22, 2014


Custom Audio Equipment Package Delights Audiences at the Theater at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK — With New York City’s holiday season underway, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden (MSG). In preparation for the Grinch’s arrival, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, worked with Sound Designer Ed Chapman to provide a custom audio equipment package for this family favorite.

Shuler Hensley as The Grinch in the 2014 Equity Touring Company of Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical (c) BlueMoon StudiosFeaturing hit songs like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is narrated by Max the Dog, who tells the story of the mean and scheming Grinch whose heart is “two sizes too small.” The Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Who family, a cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit, but, along the way, he discovers that there is more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

In designing the sound, Chapman worked hard to ensure that the system could cover the large size of the Theater at Madison Square Garden without overpowering the audience. “The Theater at MSG is much larger than a traditional musical theater venue, and this production caters to children, so my goal was to distribute the sound evenly without making it sound like a rock concert,” says Chapman. “It takes a very accurate sound system to achieve this, which is where Masque Sound came in, supplying us with all necessary equipment to turn this vision into a reality.” 2014 Equity Touring Company of Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical (c) BlueMoon Studios

Yet, Chapman’s goal also proved to be his biggest challenge. “The Theatre at MSG’s in-house system is fantastic for a music concert situation but with a seating capacity of 6,500 and an unusually low ceiling with only one level, MSG is definitely a tricky place for musical theatre,” adds Chapman. “With microphones that are farther away from the source, as well as omni-directional mics on top of people’s heads and not handpicked vocal mics right in front of their faces, it ups the stakes for the other end of the PA, which is the sound system and the speaker system. That puts a big burden to get the sound distributed evenly without overpowering the audience.”

In order to provide complete coverage with great sound, Masque Sound provided Chapman with a Yamaha PM5D digital mixing console, equipped with a DM2000 sidecar, which he likes for its rock solid reliability. To complement the theatre’s existing in-house speaker system, Masque Sound supplied a delay ring of Meyer CQ-1s as well as Meyer UPQ-2s for the surround and Meyer Sound M1D line array loudspeakers for front fills. “Meyer loudspeakers are very high quality and some of the best on the market. Using the Meyer speakers is what allowed us to give it a little more finesse to not drive the house system like a rock and roll show. They sound great and were an excellent choice for this show,” adds Chapman.

Masque Sound also provided a selection of microphones, including DPA d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones for the actors, as well as Sennheiser MKE 2s and Neumann KM 184. In addition, 30 channels of Sennheiser wireless were used and Masque Sound also provided its expert RF frequency coordination for the show.

“MSG is a special place,” adds Chapman. “The theater is double the size of any other venue that we would play, so it was necessary to acquire some supplemental speaker systems. Masque Sound was really helpful in talking me through the different options, while keeping in mind the show’s budget. They have a great inventory and were a wonderful crew to work with.”

The limited holiday engagement of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical opened in Manhattan at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 5 and is slated to run through December 28. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit www.theateratmsg.com/thegrinch or www.grinchmusical.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 Beaver Dam Amphitheater Chooses dB Technologies

Beaver Dam concert(Edison, New Jersey) Beaver Dam, Kentucky is the home of a small progressive community that was founded over 124 years ago. It was formed by a Baptist congregation who started this town by a dam on Beaver Creek. While the small town may have had a slow beginning, over the past few years Beaver Dam has acquired six manufacturing plants, shopping centers, updated their downtown storefronts and added new residential areas. To meet the contemporary model the town has developed, the newest addition is the Beaver Dam Amphitheater.
A grand opening concert was held October 4 with country stars Joe Diffie and Lonestar.
The dual-tier design of the outdoor amphitheater seating allows accommodating concerts up to 1,200 with lawn chairs for most community events, with the ability to expand to 5,000 with the bowled grass second tier berm.
To meet the dual purpose nature of the facility, Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Musician’s Pro owner Sean Thomas met with the facility designers Clements and Associates Architecture to assist in the venue plans.
“At first, I met with the architect and discussed the multi-function purpose of the amphitheater,” says Thomas. “And we became involved not only with the design of the sound system, but in integrating all the logistics of lighting, power, rigging and systems control.”
The ultimate design resulted in a partnership with Musician’s Pro. “We designed a system that is self-contained for 90% of the events covering the ground level seating area,” comments Thomas. “That system features 16 dB Technologies DVA-T4 line array modules coupled with six DVA-S30N double 18” subwoofers.” Six dB Technologies DVX DM15 are used for stage monitors.
For the larger shows, Musician’s Pro can supplement the venue system with their additional equipment which includes 12 dB Technologies DVA-T12, eight DVA-T8 and four more DVA-S30N subwoofers.
“We had to work within the facility’s budget and the systemized approach of the dB Technologies DVA Series allowed us to meet those needs,” indicates Thomas. “And they absolutely loved the fact that their system was completely compatible with our rig.”
Utilizing the dB Technologies DVA Composer software, “we were able to get better design performance, tighter splay, increased low frequency response and even SPL distribution.”
Thomas explains his choice of the dB Technologies products. “A few years back I decided to downsize my system to find some gear that was newer, smaller, powered and better. That’s when I called dB Technologies, understanding they had a lightweight, active solution.” Since first acquiring a system for the Musician’s Pro rental division, “our business has doubled, nearly tripled from what we used to do,” says Thomas.
The amphitheater will be used for concerts, plays, symphonies and other events on a regular basis with larger shows scheduled throughout the year.
“When we were looking at this, there had been no new revenue generated in Beaver Dam in 10 years,” Mayor Paul Sandefur said. “We are limited on how we can bring in revenue. We do have the insurance premium tax, and we have property taxes. If we raised those taxes, it was going to affect not only the citizens but the businesses in the community. … We’re trying to be pro-business, and the last thing we wanted to do was hit the citizens and the businesses.” The funding for the facility is provided through a city restaurant tax, which is projected to generate $450,000 per year in revenue.
With Beaver Dam being located approximately 100 miles north of Nashville, 100 miles southwest of Louisville and some 80 miles south of Evansville, the community is situated to have the ability to draw from a larger regional area, as well as provide talent a tour routing stop through the heartland of America.
Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

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Yamaha CL Digital Consoles ‘Shine’ Bright for Legendary Band

KCSB crew

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The band that’s been ‘shaking bootys since 1973’ and just released a new CD with songs from the 60s, KC and the Sunshine Band (KCSB) is still going strong. Touring consistently year after year, the band’s front of house and monitor engineer recently turned to Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles for mix detail.

The KCSB system design was the product of front of house engineer David Dean, monitor engineer Chad Griswold, and production manager Rick Raymond brainstorming while sitting outside a frozen yogurt eatery in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this year. “We sketched out the idea on a napkin and discussed the idea frequently through early summer, states Dean. We have a large band, and our design sought to minimize the show footprint and truck pack as well as take advantage of the networked audio capability.”

Dean, who is a faculty member at Full Sail in Orlando, said the school has had a long history of using Yamaha consoles dating back to the PM3000 and 2500 models. “Faculty teaching within the Show Production Bachelor’s Degree Program here at Full Sail is active in the live event production field, and the gear we use to teach students has to be national act rider friendly for us to consider purchasing so that students learn on equipment they will use in the field. The Yamaha gear fills these requirements.”

Brian Coviello from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems brought out a CL5 to Full Sail in 2013. “Initially, I was skeptical about us fitting it into our school curriculum, but fellow colleague and faculty member, Mark Johnson, and I witnessed my show production class setting up the CL5 and Rio rack system with no instructor help, says Dean. They had the Dante patched up with multi-track playback and were making noise within 10 minutes!” Dean said he attributes this to the similarities between the Yamaha M7CL and CL Series. The students utilize a 6-station M7CL mix lab on a regular basis and this familiarity helped them when presented with a CL. The M7CL lab also incorporates an old, but reliable, CobraNet™ setup used to distribute multi-track from Pro Tools to each student’s M7CL via Yamaha MY cards.

After that experience, Dean said he came to the realization that the Yamaha CL Series was going to be a major player in the market that his students would soon be entering. “I no longer had reservations regarding our adopting the CL Series here at school. In fact, we are currently in the process of designing an upgrade to our production facilities that will include Yamaha CL and QL consoles and Dante.

“KCSB monitor engineer Griswold was an early adopter of both the Yamaha CL and the new Yamaha QL and had been raving about the capability of Dante,” notes Dean. He had recently done a corporate gig where he had accessed a Shure ULX-d wireless system via Dante. In addition to mixing monitors for KCSB, Chad owns Mastermind Production Group Inc. based in Orange, CA where the new KCSB system was built and tested.”

With Dante networking as a major factor in the decision, and both Dean and Griswold having positive experiences with the new Yamaha QL and CL consoles, the CL5/Rio/Dante option was incorporated into the KCSB show design. “The benefit of losing most of our stage wiring while shrinking our Monitor/FOH footprint would enable us to easily adapt to the different venue styles we encounter throughout the year with KC and the Sunshine Band,” Dean adds.

The dual Yamaha CL5 system for front of house and monitors consists of three Rio 1608-D input/output boxes on stage as stage I/O connections with custom panels for power and single I/O; one Rio1608-D in monitor world with RF mics in the same rack, handling all FOH sends and any extra INs that the engineers constantly have on events, two Rio Ro8 racks for in-ears (all ears are now in their own rack), four Cisco SG300-20 switches-two at monitors and one for front of house on stage, and one 500’ Fiber Optic snake for the front of house run.

For more information on Yamaha CL and QL digital audio consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.


Photo ID: L to R: David Dean – FOHE, Chad Griswold – ME, Rick Raymond – PM

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems:
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.

Electrosonic Completes Transformation of the ShowDome at Edinburgh’s Our Dynamic Earth

ODE-PR-5The ShowDome at Our Dynamic Earth (ODE) in Edinburgh has been transformed with support from Electrosonic, which provided refurbishment and technical upgrades to one of Scotland’s premier destination visitor attractions. In a two-phase project, Electrosonic has given the space a full-dome projection upgrade, a new theater layout, 106 new seats, and a state-of-the-art server and content management system.

ODE showcases earth science by taking visitors on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future through interactive exhibits and a stop in the 14-meter ShowDome theater, which originally opened in 1999.

“The client came to us for our ideas and proposal, which we developed with them,” says Electrosonic project manager Phil Downie. “The objectives were to upgrade the theater to provide a higher-quality feel and experience for the audience, and to increase the flexibility of show playback and show management. The solution was to increase the capacity available to store shows ready for playback, improve the efficiency of the ‘workflow’ of the show data, increase the level of control for planetarium systems, and to have a wireless touch-panel interface.”

Phase one of the project included replacing the former projection system with a system featuring five channels of LED projection. The existing seating was removed, the floor was reinforced and new tiered flooring was installed along with 106 premium seats, provided by Euro Seating, in a new forward-facing configuration. A stage was built at the front of the theater to support the needs of staff, corporate guests and presenters.

Electrosonic also supplied new Philips lighting systems, including LED washes for scenic and mood effects, and spotlights for floor highlighting and on the stage. An insert projector display was added for digital presentations; a control system with an Apple iPad interface manages all media, lighting, audio and display hardware within the dome.

“The refurbishment delivered a higher-quality theater with the capability to provide ambience and mood and, thus, an enhanced audience experience,” says Downie. “The ShowDome is also capable of more diverse applications with a stage for presentations and performances.”

In the second phase of the project, two 7thSense media server systems feed the projection of full-dome films inside the theater. One of the servers represents a new configuration, which eliminates the requirement for time-consuming slicing and encoding of large, full-dome masters for a multi-channel dome display.

“The new server improves the efficiency of the ‘workflow’ of the show data in several ways,” Downie notes. “Slicing the shows into each channel is no longer needed, and when storing the shows for back up, only the masters have to be stored. There are no sliced channel files, which hugely reduces the storage required.”

Because the media server plays shows directly from a large amount of primary storage, it can play from a large selection of archived shows – up to 35 30-minute shows in 3K format. This eliminates the need to move shows from a second-tier storage.

But should more storage be needed, a secondary NAS server can easily be added with a capacity starting at 36TB. Transferring shows from secondary to primary storage now requires moving only one set of masters, which takes considerably less time than moving five channels of carved video.

A new control interface allows portable touch control with multiple access layers. This provides control that can be limited to turning lights on and off, or extended through show control and full administrator access to the equipment and setup of shows. A main rack room houses equipment.

The ShowDome is currently presenting “Supervolcanoes,” an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of volcanic eruptions and moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant eruptions around our solar system. The film visits Yellowstone National Park asks the question: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

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About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Corporate Multi-Purpose Spaces Get TecPodium

When a high profile company searches for a presentation solution, they search for a unique one, an audio-visual solution that will be durable yet flexible enough to the demands and advancement of what today’s AV projects are all about.

When one of the leading software companies (traded on NASDAQ) was searching for a high-end, functional design and technologically advanced lectern for their Multi-Purpose spaces, they sought and found all they desired in Tecom TIL-81HD, also known as TecPodium LITE. The Pre-wired All-in-One LITE lectern supports a stylish and sleek design and with no programming required for easier and faster installs.


Tecom worked with the AV integrator to customize the TecPodium Lite to fit the customers’ requirements for a 24” LED display on an adjustable mount that can be changed by the presenter to modify the angle and position of the screen.
Integrating Crestron touch control panel and Crestron Connect It™ Presentation Interface took no time and worked flawlessly. Ease of use, great design and simplicity always WORKS!


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Press Releases For : December 21, 2014

Sennheiser Ushers in a new Class of RF Experts

2Wedemark, Germany, December 19, 2014: Nine months of hard work have paid off: a total of 19 wireless professionals from the worldwide Sennheiser organization have been awarded the coveted RF Expert certificate. The last of three on-site training sessions took place in Delhi, and in the meantime the new RF experts have been in action all over the world to provide support for Sennheiser customers and partners in their projects.

“The system of extensive online training and close supervision by mentors combined with several weeks of on-site training has proven itself,” said Kirsten Wessendorf, Manager Sennheiser Sound Academy, summarizing the training course. Meanwhile, some of the new RF experts have already completed their first major projects.

Ryan Burr from Sennheiser Middle East provided support for his client Doummar – Q2 Advanced Technology in planning the conference and entertainment facilities for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Doha (Qatar). This included carrying out a thorough analysis of the wireless conditions at the location, planning the conference/interpreting systems and the wireless microphone channels, coordinating all wireless frequencies and programming and testing the systems on site.

3Ryan Burr: “This project is simply gigantic. Five conference rooms are equipped with ADN-W wireless conference systems with a total of 380 delegate units, while a further six have SR 2020/HDE 2020 interpreting systems with a total of 4,000 receivers. 150 channels of wireless microphones, mostly 5000/3000 systems, are used in the event venues. One room alone has 72 channels! It’s the largest single project that Sennheiser Middle East has ever worked on, and my further training as an RF expert came just at the right time for me.”

Vincent Tilgenkamp from Sennheiser Benelux has also earned the right to call himself an RF expert. In fact, he achieved top results in all tasks and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award. He can also look back on a number of successful projects, including the hit TV show “Utopia”, devised by John de Mol and produced by Talpa, in which he supported the multimedia company Dutchview by providing a special wireless solution. Dutchview was faced with the daunting challenge of picking up the wireless microphone signals from the reality show participants over an area of 12,500 square metres. Vincent Tilgenkamp and his team succeeded in covering this vast area with a single rack of receivers and a number of antenna distribution combiners that were custom-built for Utopia (link to the report: http://en-de.sennheiser.com/news-utopia-becomes-a-reality-with-sennheiser-wireless).

Tilgenkamp too is delighted with the RF expert course: “I particularly liked the on-site training sessions where we had to solve tricky problems. Our mentors made a lot of effort to manipulate the equipment, introduce all sorts of RF interference and additionally put us under time pressure. For example, they would invite a big audience to a concert and ask us to get the band miked and the RF wireless systems running in virtually no time at all! In the end, of course, the audience was let in on time and enjoyed a top-quality gig.”

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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RF Experts.jpg: The new Sennheiser RF experts with their mentors

Outstanding Achievement.jpg: Vincent Tilgenkamp (2nd from l.) achieved the top results and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by Eric Denise (Global Sales Vice President APAC), Volker Schmitt (Director Product Lifecycle Management Professional) and his mentor Sam Davison (from l. to r.)

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Press Releases For : December 19, 2014

Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. (more…)

Women in CE Inducts 2015 Class of Legacy Award Honorees

Sixth Annual Legacy Awards Networking Reception at the 2015 International CES to Honor the Achievements of Women Making A Difference in the Industry (more…)

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Digigram IQOYA *LINK IP Audio-Over-IP Transport System Earns Critical Embedded Solution 2014 Honor

IQOYA *LINK Recognized for Its Stability and Reliability as Embedded Audio-Over-IP Solution for Critical Applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Dec. 19, 2014 — The IQOYA *LINK IP audio-over-IP transport system from Digigram has earned the “Trophée de l’Embarqué Critique” (Critical Embedded Solution Trophy) at Assises de l’Embarqué 2014, France’s premier convention for the embedded industry. Presented Nov. 24 in Paris, the award recognizes the reliability and robustness of the developed system, in terms of hardware and software, in challenging environmental conditions. Digigram’s IQOYA *LINK system ensures 24/7 quality of service for the IP-based delivery of digital broadcast radio programs to FM radio transmitters, regardless of complicating factors such as high EMC or installation in remote locations. (more…)

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Quantum VP Alex Grossman to Participate in Panel on Storage for High-Resolution Content Capture and Production

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 18, 2014 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Alex Grossman, the company’s vice president of media and entertainment, will speak at Storage Visions(R) 2015, to be held Jan. 4-5, at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Grossman will join fellow experts in discussing digital storage and the requirements for capturing, rendering, editing and archiving content. In his remarks, Grossman will talk about the changing workflow model and need for a greater level of collaboration and efficiency to meet the demands of increasingly higher resolutions and larger number of acquisition and delivery formats, as well as new storage technologies and techniques to address this need. (more…)


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