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Clear-Com Pulls Out All The Stops For New Non Stop Production Facility

Buenos Aires-based Non Stop Productions, a TV production and audio-visual services company serving the Spanish-American market for major production and distribution companies worldwide, has equipped its newest production facility with a variety of Clear-Com(r) intercom and IP communications equipment, based around the Eclipse-Median digital matrix system.

“The technologies in our studios and facilities are the highest quality available, and Clear-Com was chosen for the confidence we have had in their products over the past 12 years that we’ve been using them,” said Jose Lobo, Technical and Operations Manager for Non Stop Productions. “This is especially true when it comes to after-sales service through our local dealer Broadcast Video Solutions [BVS] of Buenos Aires.”

Non Stop’s system includes an Eclipse-Median 32 digital matrix frame, nine ICS-1008E panels, seven I-1210E panels, one V24PDX5Y-IP panel, two TEL-14 telephone interfaces, an HME DX210 two-channel wireless intercom with wired interface and a variety of beltpacks and support equipment.

“For Non Stop Productions, quality is of paramount importance,” said Joquebed Colin Lugo, Sales Engineer for Latin America at Clear-Com. “The faith that they put in Clear-Com intercom and communications solutions is a testament to the quality, reliability and usability that we bring to media organizations all over the world. We look forward to continuing our long relationship with Non Stop for years to come. ”
Non Stop is also integrating its new Eclipse system with Concert over its IP network. The connection between systems is enabled via the IVC-32 IP card which offers high performance and low latency audio connections. Eclipse HX-MedianEnabled by Clear-Com’s I.V.Core technology, each IVC-32 high density card delivers a total of 32 IP-channel (or 32 port) connections, making it the best value IP frame card on the market.

“What we really like about the system is its IP capabilities and virtual panels,” continues Lobo. “Being able to use Concert with the Eclipse gives us the intercom reach and functionality anywhere we need it at Non Stop.”
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Extron Announces Next Generation Fiber Optic Extenders for 4K Resolutions

Extron FOX II 4K SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX II 4K Series for extension, switching, and distribution of 4K video, multi‑channel audio, and bidirectional control signals over fiber optic cabling. The series includes the FOX II T DP 4K and FOX II T HD 4K fiber optic transmitters for DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as the FOX II R DP 4K with a Type 2 dual‑mode DisplayPort output to support DisplayPort and HDMI 4K resolution displays. They use Extron all‑digital technology for reliable delivery of video resolutions up to 4096×2160, including 1080p/60 with Deep Color. To streamline integration, these extenders are HDCP‑compliant, and provide similar capabilities featured on the Extron FOX Series fiber optic products. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOX II 4K Series extenders are ideal for point‑to‑point installations or in combination with a FOX Matrix Switcher for an enterprise‑wide 4K video distribution system. (more…)

LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB INTRODUCES WSDG-DESIGNED AIRSTREAM TRAILER RECORDING, BROADCAST & TEACHING STUDIO

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NEW YORK: As the culmination of a nearly 20-year-long odyssey, the Lower East Side Girls Club has added a new component to its year-old Center for Community. A classic Airstream Trailer (circa 1958) has been repurposed as a teaching, recording, and broadcast production studio for LESGC’s WGRL Internet Radio Station and Recording Arts Program. Prominently displayed in a second story window in LESGC’s recently completed $20 million sustainably-built 12 story building at 101 Avenue D, the studio was designed and configured by Walters Storyk Design Group cofounder/architect/ acoustician John Storyk,

The Airstream recording studio joins an eclectic assemblage of innovative LESGC educational and career training options for low-income teens and families. Spread across three floors and 30,000 sq. ft., these classes range from a digital photography/computer graphics /3D-printing lab, to hands-on BioBus labs, small business training and incubator space (commercial kitchen, bakery, gift shop, cafe) and, a 64-seat planetarium.

The recording studio was a pet project of Dave Pentecost, a career television editor and musician; his wife Lyn Pentecost co-founded the Lower Eastside Girls Club in 1996. In 2004, the Pentecost’s fell in love with an iconic 1958 Airstream trailer, and purchased it to park besides their Adirondacks cabin, in upstate New York. “When the LESGC building became a reality we felt our Airstream could serve a better purpose in the community as a sound studio, and we brought it to Manhattan,” he says. “I’d met studio designer John Storyk years earlier, reconnected with him in 2010, and invited him to contribute his skills to retrofitting the Airstream as a recording studio.”

“We’ve built recording studios in a basement (Electric Lady), and a duplex penthouse overlooking NY’s Highline (Jungle City),” Storyk says, “but this is the first time we’ve had the chance to ply our trade in an Airstream Trailer. As a visiting professor of acoustics and studio design for the Berklee College of Music and other schools, I have an abiding interest in educating young people. Dave Pentecost brought WSDG a compelling challenge, ‘was it possible to create a viable recording studio within the confines of a 140 sq, ft, Airstream Trailer?’ The obvious answer is yes, although the geometry, the equipment selection and the acoustic considerations did present us with significant design restrictions. If an opportunity to design a studio for a submarine ever comes up, we might take a pass,” he adds.

The Airstream Studio includes both a live room for radio, vocals, and instruments, and a control room. In that regard, it is one of a kind. It will also be engaged to produce and mix Internet radio programming for the Girls Club’s new WGRL Internet Radio station, sound tracks for student videos and for the LESGC Planetarium’s constantly evolving educational presentations, and to record live student performances from the stage of the 2nd floor community room in which it resides. It can accommodate up to 3 students and an instructor in the control room, and another 3 to 4 people in the live room area. The space outside the trailer is a combination classroom/ live performance stage.

Ms. Pentecost and a diverse group of community, grassroots and financial supporters first formed the LESGC, when they realized there were no distaff alternatives to the city’s various Boys Club organizations. The new building has over a dozen separate program sites, and can accommodate up to 200 members simultaneously. The upper stories (accessed via a separate entrance), are allocated to mixed income rental apartments, approximately half of which are available at middle and low-income rates.

Though compact, the control room is 5.1 surround ready, and features an array of pro gear including an Avid C/24 mixing console, Genelec Speakers, outboard processing technology from Manley, API, Neve, Universal Audio, SSL, etc., and mics from Neumann, Royer, Shure and Sennheiser. A serious professional-level studio, the Airstream will provide LESGC members with a serious, realistic hands-on recording experience.

“In my teaching experience I have seen an increasing number of young women seeking
roles in pro audio production,” John Storyk concludes. “The LESGC Studio will serve as a valuable introduction to the field of audio recording and mixing. It will be very interesting to watch (and hear) the skills they develop, and to see them transfer these skills to the real world.”

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Photo Caps.
1. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio Rear to Front
2. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio Interior
3. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio CR
4. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio with view to classroom
5. LESGC Live Recording Booth
6. LESGC Recording Workshop Classroom/Performance Stage
7. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio exterior
8. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio (from Ave. D through 2nd floor window

All photos by Cheryl Fleming www.cherylfleming.net

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music, Boston (2014 TEC winner) and Valencia, Spain; and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche. Recent projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer’s Carter Burwell and A.R. Rahman, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk), Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Renato Cipriano, Dirk Noy and Silvia Molho lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a nine-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.

Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. The LESGC provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D – 30,000 sq. feet of new state-of-the-art program space dedicated to the advancement of girls, and the neighborhood at large. www.girlsclub.org

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Barix Introduces Forward Compatible OEM Module at ISE 2015

Board-level module gives manufacturers, systems integrators a flexible foundation for Audio over IP product design

ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, January 29, 2015 — IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company’s IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today. At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products—as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

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The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

“Our OEM business accounts for nearly 25 percent of our business, and is among the primary reasons why Barix is considered a visionary in IP audio and control,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “We remain dedicated to working with companies who need the freedom and flexibility to build their own solutions using Barix’s open programming environment, along with the reliability that our core technology delivers across security, transportation and professional AV applications.”

The IPAM302 is the board-level technology at the core of Barix’s latest-generation Instreamer IP encoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices. The board design includes one serial port and four I/O connections, which OEMs can map to relay closures and other devices such as an amplifier, IP speaker or door station to enable SIP intercom. Barix IPAM modules are especially popular for vendors and integrators building products for residential spaces, K-12 schools and university campuses, and fire safety and evacuation systems. Additionally, IPAM modules are at the heart of numerous OEM products for transportation, both on-board trains for paging and intercom; and inside stations for platform announcements.

Visitors to ISE 2015 can learn more about the capabilities of the IPAM302 at the Barix stand (Hall 8, 8-M245) in the RAI Conference Center, February 10-12.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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SMPTE and FKTG Open Registration for SMPTE Forum 2015, ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: A European Perspective’

Two-Day Conference Will Explore Impact of Broadband Content Delivery on Europe’s Media Industries; Early Bird Pricing Available Through 27 February

LONDON and BERLIN — 27 January 2015 — 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 opened registration for the SMPTE Forum 2015, “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: A European Perspective.” Produced in partnership with the Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft (FKTG), with collaboration from the EBU’s Technology and Innovation department, the SMPTE Forum 2015 will take place 7-8 May at the Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin. Early-bird pricing is available now and continues through 27 February.

“The SMPTE Forum 2015 will explore the extensive impact of broadband media delivery on Europe’s studios, post houses, broadcast facilities, media service providers, and solution vendors,” said Dr. Hans Hoffmann, head of media fundamentals and production at the EBU, former SMPTE standards vice president, and conference program chair of the SMPTE Forum 2015. “As larger audiences consume Internet-delivered media on screens ranging from the home theater to computers, tablets, and other mobile devices, new creative tools and new media technologies will be needed to create appealing content that addresses these new viewing platforms and devices. We are delighted to join with FKTG in examining the technical opportunities and challenges that this monumental shift in media consumption habits presents to the industry.”

Factors as far-ranging as EU policy, net neutrality, copyright, and mining “big data” are shaping the possibilities in the complex European market and redefining how the industry engages its audience. The SMPTE Forum 2015 will examine these topics and how connectivity, bandwidth, and media technology improvements will influence media production and distribution across all platforms, from cinema and broadcast to mobile and interactive new media technologies.

The SMPTE Forum 2015 program highlights include a keynote presentation by Chris Fetner, director of global content partners operations at Netflix, who will speak on the supply chain impact of Internet distribution. Discussion on the vision of the European Commission for Internet streaming and on the EU regulatory environment will follow. The SMPTE Forum will also include a keynote on the state of Internet entertainment in Europe and continue with sessions that examine creation and distribution of entertainment content for the Web, the potential normalization of over-the-top (OTT) services as premium content providers, the future of hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV(R)), second screen in the home and beyond, and social media as entertainment media.

“Chris delivered the opening keynote at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition to a standing-room-only crowd and earned rave reviews, and we expect no less at the SMPTE Forum 2015,” said Pat Griffis, SMPTE education vice president and executive director of technology strategy in the office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories. “With its expansion into Europe and other new markets over the past several years, Netflix has become an industry disrupter on an international scale. Chris is positioned to shed light on Netflix’s activities in Europe, as well as the factors shaping the company’s technology decision-making.”

SMPTE Forum 2015 conference sessions are designed for engineers, creatives, and researchers focused on and interested in the future of media over the Internet. Nearly a dozen sessions are on the program schedule. Among these, “Second Screen in the Home and Beyond: US Versus EU Perspective” will discuss the use of PCs, tablets, and other handheld devices to control or complement the main-screen home viewing experience and then move forward to explore recent developments and to compare technologies and consumer acceptance across different markets.

“EU and U.S. Regulatory Environment: A Boost or Bust for Internet Entertainment?” will look at the European approach to regulating Internet traffic management and content and how this approach will affect the rollout of entertainment services. The focus will shift toward sports with “Sport in your Pocket. Delivering to Fans, Anywhere, Anytime Over the Web” This session will look at the anytime, anywhere delivery of sports content to consumers via the Internet.

“Tools of the Trade: Translating Traditional Content for the Web” will discuss the importance of efficient compression techniques and evolving infrastructures in enabling the Internet to support video delivery. “Virtual Reality Entertainment via Web: An Idea Whose Time Is Here?” will look at new possibilities for creating highly immersive virtual and augmented realities, as well as the opportunities and challenges involved in immersive as well as “fragmented storytelling” (or “transmedia storytelling”), in which a story is scattered across different media and devices.

The SMPTE Forum 2015 reception will take place on an evening cruise following the first day of conference sessions. In addition to giving delegates ample networking opportunities, this three-hour guided excursion on the Spree River will provide an extraordinary view of many of Berlin’s most famous sites. The cruise is included with conference registration. Delegates may purchase additional tickets for their guests.

The registration and preliminary program information for the SMPTE Forum 2015 are available at www.smpte.org/forum2015/.

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About the Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft (FKTG e.V.)
The FKTG e.V. is one of the oldest professional technology associations in Germany, founded by two predecessor organizations, the German Cinema Technology Association (DKG, founded in 1920) and the Television Technology Association (FKT, founded in 1952). The main objective of the FKTG is to provide information on developments for television and cinema technology to all engineers and all people working as scientists or technologists in the field of television and cinema, and to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience.

More than 110 supporting international companies and nearly 2,000 persons are members of the FKTG, which is the largest network of its kind in the German-speaking area of Europe. The FKTG hosts conferences and technology workshops in different local regions on a regular basis and supports further scientific education through its network of more than 50 universities and advanced technical colleges in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More information about FKTG and how to join is available at www.fktg.org.

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.

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 sustain the Society. 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 the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Christie Shines at DistribuTech 2015 with Powerful Control Room Visual Display Solutions for Utility Industry

Christie Projectors used at American Water (2) Christie® visual display solutions will be in full view at Booth #4531 at San Diego’s DistribuTECH , February 3 – 5. The company will demonstrate powerful control room solutions that range from the innovative Christie Entero™ HB 70-inch HD front access video wall cube, to the bright and seamless Christie Velvet™ high-resolution LED tiles, which feature stunning visuals. Also on display will be the Christie Phoenix® network distributed open content management system.

Rounding out the Christie display at DistribuTECH will be best-in-class ultra-narrow bezel flat panels that include the 46-inch Christie FHD461-X flat panel and the 55-inch Christie FHD552-X flat panel – both professional grade, high-definition flat panels for tiled display walls.

Christie’s control room solutions are part of next-generation installations at major utility companies globally such as India’s North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), under the Ministry of Power, which covers 47 percent of the total electricity consumption of the north eastern region and American Water, a leading provider of high-quality water and waste-water services in the United States and parts of Canada.

Control room visual displays at the Christie booth include:
Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cube – The Christie Entero HB series is the first and only LED cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. A motorized, 6-axis adjustment system for easy front access offers wider installation flexibility. Designed for zero maintenance, the Christie Entero HB is an excellent option for installations that need true HD LED display cubes in a 70 inch 16:9 form factor.

Christie Velvet 2.5mm indoor LED tiles – Offering high resolution images and scalable for full display wall flexibility, the Christie Velvet series of LED tiles provides a maintenance-free solution for eye catching installations. Configurable into video walls of virtually any size or shape, they feature low energy consumption, long service life, and true 24/7 operation.

Christie Phoenix – A network distributed open content management system at its core, the Christie Phoenix redefines mobility, enabling seamless access and control of audio-visual data, regardless of the user’s location. A true industry “game changer,” the Christie Phoenix can simultaneously encode, decode, and display any source of audio/visual information found in a control room environment.
Christie FHD461-X 46-inch HD LCD display – Featuring tight seams, and high image quality the Christie FHD461-X offers dazzling, high-contrast and color-rich visuals in near seamless, tiled video wall displays. It integrates easily into areas where space is limited, while flexible mounting options make it easy to service.

Christie FHD552-X HD ultra-narrow bezel 55 inch LCD display – A combination of high-definition, low operating cost, ultra-narrow bezels and energy-efficient LED backlight, make the Christie FHD552-X an ideal LCD panel for large, tiled digital displays. Displays can also quickly transform into a multi-touch interactive display with the Christie Interactivity Kit.

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Cabletime appoints new CEO to spearhead expansion plans

Shaun OxenhamCabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV and digital media distribution solutions has announced the appointment of Shaun Oxenham as Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Cabletime’s operations in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.

Shaun takes over as CEO from Nick Bradford, who, as the newly appointed Founding Director, will now take a more strategic role. Shaun has been involved with Cabletime as a Non-Executive Director since 2013 and has been responsible for helping to steer the company. In his new position, he will focus on driving Cabletime’s growth beyond AV and into the broader technology sector, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by closer collaboration between the traditional IT and AV channels and the growth of vertical market specialist integrators. His aim is also to help Cabletime build even stronger relationships with influential consultants in both IT and AV.

With over twenty five years of experience creating and managing successful businesses in fast-paced and leading edge environments, Shaun is well positioned to take the helm at Cabletime. As the founding CEO of Enfis Group plc, a semi-conductor light engine developer, he took the company through several rounds of venture capital funding culminating with a listing on the AIM London Stock Exchange in 2007. Previously he was Managing Director of Ubiquity Software Corporation in the UK, taking the company’s SIP products for next generation telecom networks to the market leading position; and before that Operations Director of Relay and a key member of the MBO team that bought the company in 1996 and later sold to a US-based software corporation.

“Shaun has already been highly influential in our expansion since he joined the board and I am delighted to be handing over the mantle to him,” said Nick Bradford. “Cabletime is on a growth trajectory in our key territories and needs energy, experience and careful steering to ensure we achieve our objectives, all of which Shaun can deliver. This is a turning point in Cabletime’s development and we are excited about our prospects for the future.”

“I am extremely excited about the possibilities for Cabletime which has a solid foundation of 30 years of operation in the professional AV market and an impressive blue chip client base,” commented Shaun Oxenham. I will be looking to build on the great work that Nick and the team have invested over many years and I look forward to broadening Cabletime’s reach and competitive offering”

Shaun becomes CEO with immediate effect, and he will be meeting Cabletime partners and customers at ISE 2015 in February on the Cabletime booth (10-P116).

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Masque Sound Audio Equipment Package Powers Up New Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University

DANBURY, CT, JANUARY 15, 2014 — When Norwalk-based Jaffe Holden Acoustics was tasked with designing the AV systems for the brand new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University, it worked with Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to put together a custom audio equipment package to install in the upgraded facility.

The $97 million, 130,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility is home to approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 80 faculty members. A center that took 12 years to conceive, finance, design and build, the new space melds the three departments that were once housed in Higgins, Berkshire and White Halls on the midtown campus. Boasting a unique design, today’s building is divided into three distinct wings: Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts, all of which are adjoined via a stunning lobby that is equipped with a ramp bridge that appears to hover high above the room. The center also features a 350-seat concert hall, with flexibility for a range of instructional uses, a 350-seat theater with the technical assets of a Broadway stage, as well as art studios, music and theatre rehearsal studios, 29 music practice rooms, an art gallery and a recording studio.VPAC Concert Hall - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

“We worked with Masque Sound on the Claire Tow Theatre at Lincoln Center and had a wonderful experience with them, so we knew that the team would be a great fit to work with on this large-scale project,” says Ben Bausher, senior consultant at Jaffe Holden Acoustics. “Even though Masque Sound is a big shop, the crew was incredibly attentive, so much so that I know and have interacted with everyone on the team, and relied on them to offer constant support and guidance throughout the construction process.”

In preparation for the Visual and Performing Arts Center system installation, Jaffe Holden Acoustics partnered with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Amenta Emma Architects and, together, the companies embarked on a design process that took a total of three years to complete, starting in 2008 and culminating in late 2011 when actual on-site construction began. From there, Ferguson Electrical Contractors hired Masque Sound as the AV integrator, which worked directly with LiveWire Sound and Image to implement the design. Throughout the endeavor, multiple companies worked together under the guise of Dimeo Construction, the construction management company hired by the state of Connecticut to act on behalf of the University.VPAC Recording Studio - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

“We were fortunate enough to have Masque Sound not only provide us with a custom audio equipment package for the base infrastructure, but also assist us with the integration of both the recording studio console, as well as all of the loose and fixed equipment in the AV package,” says Peter Visentin, director of facilities, engineering and planning at Western Connecticut State University. “The equipment package provided by Masque Sound was based on exact specifications from Jaffe Holden to fit our complex needs. We were working within a short timeframe, with only about 11 weeks to get all of the equipment moved into the facility. Matt Peskie and Arno Miller from Masque Sound both did a fabulous job in working with Ben Bausher to make sure everything was completed in time.”
While Masque Sound provided the overall audio equipment on the project, each room also consisted of its own custom package, which required precise planning and design. This coordinated multi-room approach ensured that the audio equipment adequately met the specific requirements of that space and also the overall soundscape.

Two key challenges that Masque Sound faced when discussing the installation process with Western Connecticut State University were in regards to the engineering and installation timing. “We know how important the pre-installation engineering phase is to resolve issues before they happen in the field, and we spent a solid two months preparing the 14 AV racks at our shop before shipping the racks to WCSU,” says Matt Peskie, installation department manager, Masque Sound.

Additionally, working on a large-scale project such as this, in which multiple rooms are involved, the completion status of each individual room is often staggered. “Our site crew, as well as the team from LiveWire Sound and Image, needed to remain flexible on a daily basis, completing tasks based on which rooms were ready to receive AV equipment,” Peskie adds. “The timing as to when to bring all of the control surfaces and sensitive equipment to the construction site is a huge decision, but there is always a deadline looming and our crew worked hard to stay on schedule, so that the team could efficiently move onto the next phase of commissioning.”VPAC Theater - Photo Credit Peggy Stewart WCSU

The Visual and Performing Arts Center’s main theater utilizes a DiGiCo SD10 Live Digital Console with both an SD rack and a mini-rack, which drive multiple Symetrix Edge units for processing. Lab.gruppen amplifiers then, in turn, are connected to a Fulcrum speaker system consisting of 20 discreet speakers. The concert hall relies on a DiGiCo SD9 Live Digital Console with the same SD rack and mini-rack setup as the theater, as well as the Symetrix Edge units for processing. Also similar to the theater, Lab.gruppen amplifiers drive a Fulcrum Acoustic 34-speaker system. A Crestron® control system can be utilized for non-skilled operator events, as well as control of the Servoreeler microphone system.

Once the equipment was installed, one of the main challenges that Jaffe Holden Acoustics faced was tuning the concert hall. “The venue has two tiers of wraparound seats,” adds Bausher. “Getting all of those delay times and EQ’s dialed in took a fair amount of work, and my colleague Phillip Peglow did an amazing job tuning all the systems. In addition, Matt Nichols and Russ Cooper did an incredible job on the architectural design. The building looks gorgeous and, thanks to the hard work of many people, including those at Masque Sound, it sounds fantastic.”

For more information on Western Connecticut State University and its new Visual and Performing Arts Center, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp.

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 led by President Stephanie Hansen and the firm’s third generation owner, Geoff Shearing. 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.

4Wall Entertainment Acquires Large Complement of Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures

ACT_Lighting-4Wall-Mythos-Print_Ready.jpg.jpg4Wall Entertainment has made a sizable purchase of Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

“With this purchase 4Wall reinforces its reputation as an innovative company, which offers its clients the latest cutting-edge products,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President Sales and Marketing Brian Dowd. “4Wall is one of the first vendors in the US to recognize the outstanding potential of the Mythos fixtures and take delivery of a large complement of these new lights.”

4Wall Entertainment is a full-service lighting company specializing in providing entertainment lighting systems. Via rentals, sales, service and design 4Wall delivers solutions to projects large or small, temporary or permanent from offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C.

“From the first demonstration on, all of us at 4Wall have known the Mythos would be a hit,” says 4Wall COO Kathy Torjman. “Having top-notch functionality as both a spot and a beam makes the fixture a perfect addition to our nationwide inventory. Designers from all over the country are already requesting to use it on their upcoming shows!”

As a spot light, Clay Paky’s Mythos offers an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

About A.C.T Lighting

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

For more information on A.C.T Lighting, visit www.actlighting.com
For more information on 4Wall, visit www.4wall.com
Those looking to rent the Mythos from 4Wall can request an online quote here: http://bit.ly/CPmythos ”

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3G Productions Teams With Martin Audio MLA At Calibash Festival

Calibash StageCalibash Los Angeles, held recently at the Staples Center, was billed as “the leading urban Latin music festival in the world.”

The SRO concert featured a diverse group of acts including headliner Cuban American rapper Pitbull of “Don’t Stop The Party” fame along with Carlos Vives, Tego Calderon, reggaeton artists Wisin and J Alvarez, Don Omar, Becky G, Maluma, 3BallMTY, ChocQuibTown, Plan B, Farruko and Gente de Zona.

3G Productions of Las Vegas and Los Angeles provided a Martin Audio MLA system for the festivities which included 16 MLA and 2 MLD (downfill) a side for the main hangs; 16 MLA Compacts for side hangs; 8 MLA Compacts for the 270º hang and 28 MLX subs in double stacks––24 across the stage and a pair on each side pointed 90º to the audience. The mixing consoles for FOH included two pairs of Yamaha PM5D’s for the festival and an AVID Venue Profile for headliner Pitbull.
January 24, 2015

“We also used Martin Audio DD12s for the front fills,” points out 3G Systems Engineer Manny Perez. “They were awesome; really smooth, clear and responsive, like the whole system.

“In fact, the whole show went really well and all of the band’s FOH engineers were happy, even ecstatic at some points. It was kind of like playtime for them; they didn’t know what else they could do for their mix, which was a real change of pace.

“They ended up just hanging out, listening to each other’s mix, watching what the other guys were doing. They all really enjoyed the MLA system. They’d all heard about it but many hadn’t mixed on a big PA like that before.”
January 24, 2015

Asked about particular challenges for the event, Manny responds, “Not that much really. It was a regular end stage set up but they sold seating that went all the way around so we ended up using the house PA to supplement the area behind the stage. We’ve been in Staples Center many times, and it gets easier every time we go in there. It was very fluid in terms of the load-in and setup, even when they snapped in the stage before we could set up the subs.”

Concluding, Manny adds, “The MLA rig was great, we had plenty of headroom and there were smiles all round the room. At the level the engineers had it, which was close to 105 or 106dB, they were wondering what else they could do, because instead of struggling at that point, it was perfect. They also loved the sub bass being so powerful and smooth.”
Calibash FOH

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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