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Play Me! projection mapping wins DIGI Awards 2015

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Play Me! interactive 3D projection mapping spectacular created by French multimedia artists, Danny Rose for Vivid Sydney 2014, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of music, light and ideas, has won the Judges Choice Award at the DIGI Awards 2015.

Video experts, TDC – Technical Direction Company provided High definition projectors that created a high-resolution giant image onto the façade of Customs House, Sydney.

The projection team headed up by Olin Winton and Katrina Harding enjoyed working with Danny Rose on the project. “It was simple and stress free, resulting in a great project,” said Olin Winton.

Play Me! transformed the façade into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ that were individually selected and manipulated by the audience.

TDC provided the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services throughout Vivid Sydney 2014.

Vivid Sydney attracted a record attendance of 1.43 million people in 2014 and will be held from 22 May to 8 June 2015.

For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

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Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast at ISE 2015

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Women in Technology: Taking Charge and Taking Action

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces its very first Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast at First Lounge restaurant, 8:00-9:30 a.m. on 11 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI. The cost to enter is 40 Euros.

The Women of InfoComm Network (WIN) is a global network of individuals who are committed to promoting and empowering women in the audiovisual (AV) and information technology (IT) industries. By participating in the WIN’s live and online events throughout the year, members can make connections, find resources, pursue education, discover mentors, and identify opportunities to advance women in the industry. WIN seeks ways to raise awareness of gender diversity and celebrates the achievements of women who work in AV and IT.

The Women of InfoComm Network breakfast at ISE will explore what women – and men- in the industry can do to encourage women into successful long-term careers in technology,” said Betsy Jaffe, Vice President of Communications at InfoComm International.

Sharing experiences and highlights from her 20-year journey in technology, the breakfast will be presented by Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA at Electrosonic, and a member of InfoComm International Board of Directors.

Diana Danziger, an organizational development and leadership consultantat Inez Consulting Ltd, will host an interactive session aimed at promoting women in technology. The session concludes with networking and a roundtable discussion to solicit input from participants the Women of InfoComm Network Council should perform in Europe.

The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion about potential WIN activities in Europe. To participate, sign up now at www.iseurope.org.

Calibre releases NEW LEDView325DS Digital Signage LED Videowall Scaler

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Calibre announces the release of its latest model in the highly successful LEDView range of LED videowall optimised image scalers.

LEDView325DS is designed specifically for cost conscious digital signage projects where quality is required but without breaking the bank.

Digital signage is a market often ignored when it comes to high quality scaling with many clients relying on software based solutions from a PC. This unfortunately causes difficulty creating and showing client content together with severe image quality issues, both of which lead to unhappy clients.

LEDView325DS is a cost effective yet high quality image scaler which provides Calibre’s market-leading pixel-accurate per-edge image re-sizing algorithm which allows each edge of the picture content to be independently dragged to the correct position on the LED videowall.

There is also per input colour calibration capability to ensure client content looks how the client wants with control of RGB gains and blacks as well as saturation and hue even on digital computer-originated content. These are the kinds of functions typically found on premium live events models, which are now available without the cost associated with a live events scaler.

LEDView325DS gives outstanding image quality with fast simple set-up of picture size, colour calibration and network-based back-up and restore of settings for fast disaster recovery. Control and configuration is by internet browser, using the inbuilt webserver so when connected to a suitable network remote control and status monitoring is also possible.

Calibre UK will exhibit on stand 4U64 at ISE 2015 taking place from 10-12 February 2015 at the Amsterdam RAI.

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 27 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing. www.calibreuk.com

Danny Rose wins DIGI Award 2015 for ‘Play Me!’ at Vivid Sydney 2014

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International recognition of interactive 3D projection mapping first!

Paris, France – Play Me! an interactive 3D projection mapping spectacular created by French multimedia artists, Danny Rose for Vivid Sydney, an 18 day festival of music, light and ideas, has won the Judges Choice Award for Play Me! at the DIGI Awards 2015 in New York City.

The DIGI Awards recognises the service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. The Judges Choice Award winner impressed the team of experienced judges for its innovative use of technology and mass audience engagement, in a way that went beyond normal ‘digital signage’,” said David Keene, Executive Editor at NewBay Media’s Digital Signage Magazine, and Chairman of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards.

Play Me! at Vivid Sydney 2014

Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014.

Now in its seventh year, Vivid Sydney is and owned and managed by Destination New South Wales (NSW), the State Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Congratulations to the creative team at Danny Rose on winning this distinguished international award for their compelling Play Me! experience.

“Each year the world’s finest artists are invited to showcase their talents, ideas and creativity at Vivid Sydney. Play Me! delighted many of the record 1.43 million visitors to Vivid Sydney last year and it was one of the most popular exhibits of the festival. We look forward to working with Danny Rose again on future projects,” Ms Chipchase said.

Play Me! from Danny Rose incorporated visual and interactive elements through a series of massive ‘musical sculptures. Each ‘sculpture’ represents a family of musical instruments, which the audience ‘played’ in real-time just using hands and body. The audience member is able to change colour, light shape and sound in front of festival-goers.

High definition projectors provided by video experts, TDC – Technical Direction Company were used to project content onto the façade of Customs House, Sydney.

Play Me! is made possible using powerful 3D real-time software and rendering engine that manages interactivity and high-quality interactive graphics.

A Microsoft® Kinect motion capture system intercepts the body’s movements. Danny Rose has custom created special software that allows for the audience to interact with Play Me! just using a combination of hand and body movements.

“We’re delighted to receive this recognition for our work in creating Play Me! at Vivid Sydney 2014” said Sergio Carrubba, director and designer of Danny Rose, the design team for this project.

Vivid Sydney will be held from 22 May to 8 June 2015. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com.

More information about the awards: http://www.avnetwork.com/digital-signage/0003/2015-digi-award-winners-announced/94324 :)

Video: http://www.dannyrose.fr/Play-Me.html

Some useful links:
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: dannyroseparis
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/danny-rose
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/dannyrose0282/
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/96812326
Web: www.dannyrose.fr

About Danny Rose

Danny Rose is a multidisciplinary art and design team that specializes in developing unique video and projection content for an unrivalled scope of super-sized audiovisual shows and multimedia immersive experiences, ranging from events, opera, theater, light festivals and more. Danny Rose is led by Sergio Carrubba, creative director and projection designer and Paola Ciucci, art director and projection designer. These are joined by Cédric Péri, 3D designer and motion designer and Lucia Frigola, graphic artist and motion designer along with Emanuele De Raymondi and Marco Messina, composers, music artists and sound designers. The company has over 25 years combined experience in creating compelling and engaging content for audiences across the globe.

To find out more, contact Danny Rose at www.dannyrose.fr

InfoComm Announces Activities at ISE 2015

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces special offerings at ISE 2015.

This year, InfoComm Members and Guest Members receive free entry to 30 InfoComm seminars at ISE, as well as member discounts for a Master Class taught by legendary instructor Robert Simpson of Electrosonic and a CTS Study Session.

Professionals signing up for the new guest member program also secure free access to the InfoComm Member Lounge on Stand 11-N100 for the duration of the show, special access to a members-only, post-ISE webinar, and free enrollment into any of the four online courses or tests, typically free to members only: Quick Start to the AV Industry, InfoComm RecognizedAV Technologist Test, Essentials of AV Technology and CTS Prep Online.

Members and Guest members who pre-register for ISE 2015 using an invitation code will receive complimentary access to seminars of their choice on a first come, first serve basis. Two courses not eligible under the free voucher programme are CTS® Study Session and the brand new Master Class. Non-InfoComm Members must purchase vouchers during ISE registration and then register for specific classes.

Master Class with Robert Simpson: Displays of today and tomorrow
10 February at 08:00 to 12:00, Room D403
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Presented by industry veteran, Robert Simpson of Electrosonic this new Master Class will be divided into four sessions aimed at experienced AV professionals. The first is a refresher tutorial and will cover standards and review implications of BT2020. The second section is devoted to flat panel displays with a main emphasis on LCDs and LED displays. The third section is devoted to projection looking at LCD, LCOS and DLP for products from PICO to 4K resolution. Principals and limitations of image blending and warping will be explored. The final section is applications and specialist areas of displays.

Attendees can sign up for the Master Class during registration at a cost of €150 (for InfoComm members) or €200 (non-members).

CTS Study Session
9 February 2015, 10:00 – 17:30, Room D203
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As in previous years, a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) class will be held. CTS is recognized worldwide as the industry’s leading AV professional qualification. Presented by Bill Thomas, Registrants will receive access to the InfoComm CTS Prep Online course prior to attending the CTS Session, which includes online activities, videos, information and study tips for the CTS exam. Onsite CTS testing will take place throughout the show.

Interested parties are encouraged to register early. Attendees can sign up for the CTS Study Session during registration at a cost of €99 (for InfoComm members) or €150 (non-members). Attendees can also register to take the CTS exam onsite at the RAI 10-12 February. Please visit infocomm.org/ise for more information.

InfoComm Market Research in 2015
10 February, 12:00-12:30, Commercial Solutions Theatre, Stand 8-M370

Not to be missed, Kaitlyn McAuliffe, Market Research Analyst from InfoComm International will provide an overview of the global and European markets, as well as a sneak peek at InfoComm’s plans for 2015, which will include the Vertical Market Survey and the Pro-AV Distribution Channels and Trends Report.

Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast
11 February 2015, 08:00-09:30, First Edition Restaurant, RAI Exhibition Centre
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Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA, of Electrosonic Ltd & Diana Danziger, an international organisational development and leadership consultant at Inez Consulting Ltd.

There is no shortage of research and experience to confirm that there is a significant gender imbalance in the technology industry. Many words have been written and spoken about why this is and what the industry needs to do to put it right. This session will explore what women — and men — in the industry can do to encourage women into successful and long-term careers in technology rather than waiting for the industry as a whole to catch up.

Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA, of Electrosonic Ltd, and a member of the InfoComm International® Board of Directors, will share her leadership journey in technology, which spans almost 20 years. She will reflect on what her experience has taught her about how women can make better use of a variety of sources of support that can help them unleash their talent and progress in this highly male-dominated industry.

Following Joyce’s presentation, Diana Danziger, an international organisational development and leadership consultant at Inez Consulting Ltd, will discuss some of the ways in which individuals, especially women, diminish their own skills and potential, and keep their careers from moving forward: self-limiting beliefs, unconscious bias and expectations that serve to block rather than unlock capability. This will be an interactive session, with practical activity to personalise the experience and raise awareness of what can be done, on an individual basis, to promote — in every sense of the word — women in technology.

The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion to solicit input from participants regarding activities the Women of InfoComm Network Council should perform in Europe. There will be ample time to network and get to know others. Attendees can sign up for the breakfast during registration at a cost of €40.

Don’t miss out. View the speaker line up and sign up now at www.iseurope.org. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI.

About InfoComm International
Founded in 1939, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

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Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

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Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

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Award winning innovation
Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

Kramer ISE 2015 Party and Networking Event

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Guests of the traditional and ever popular Kramer ISE 2015 party and evening spectacular will be treated to live entertainment, fun, dine and wine as well as a few surprises on Wednesday, February 11 from 18:00 to 22:00.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions‬‬‬‬
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

Italian Composer Stefano Lentini Chooses the Purity of Metric Halo Converters

StefanoLentini_1SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2015: “For me, nothing is more exciting than working on music,” says composer and multi-instrumentalist Stefano Lentini. “It’s a privilege, a magical job. Composing, working with musicians, recording – it’s all exciting.” Based in his native Italy, Lentini is a composer for film and TV who is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Chinese director Wong Kar Wai on the Oscar-nominated feature The Grandmaster. His music for the film, Stabat Mater, plays a pivotal role, and Lentini – though an affable collaborator – is proud of having successfully handled every aspect of its production, from the composition and arranging to the recording and mixing. Lentini is also known for challenging himself with new genres and sounds to suit the feel of a particular film. “I don’t like music standards in soundtracks and I’m not interested in repeating genres,” he explained. “For every project, I seek a new dimension, a new musical universe.” His latest work is for Nicola Campiotti’s new documentary, Sarà Un Paese, which Lentini recorded and mixed using a pair of Metric Halo LIO-8 converters and a host of Metric Halo plug-ins.

Lentini’s involvement in music – and the tools that make it – runs deep. “My grandfather was a skilled carpenter who worked in the Italian Defense Ministry building chairs, desks, and other office furniture,” he said. “He met a luthier, and the two of them started building guitars. So I had my first guitar when I was twelve years old; it was made out of an old wardrobe! I took to the guitar immediately and wrote songs as I learned. I made my first recording overdubbing guitars on a tape recorder using a Walkman’s earpiece as the microphone. From there, I graduated to a four-track tape recorder that allowed me to arrange my compositions. Step by step, I discovered everything about audio and music through the process of playing, writing, and recording.” Lentini supplemented his self-taught education with studio work as a sound engineer, participation in choir and bands, and a formal collegiate study of ethnomusicology and ancient music.

StefanoLentini_2These days, Lentini’s studio is decidedly state-of-the-art. At the front end, he has a Neumann TLM49 and a small collection of other specialty mics that feed into a handmade Arrel Audio AL121 quad microphone preamplifier. From there, a pair of Metric Halo LIO-8 converters input and output audio between Apple Logic Pro, hardware, and an Arrel Audio AL-266 sixteen-channel summing mixer. He monitors through a passive Dynaudio M1. Lentini uses Metric Halo plug-ins in two ways. First, he uses them in Logic as channel inserts. Second, he uses them during mastering via Metric Halo’s proprietary routing software – MIO Console. During mastering, he splits his LIO-8s as well, using one for playback conversion and the second for recording conversion at 44.1kHz, 16-bit.

Without telling Lentini what he was up to, Lentini’s assistant swapped out the LIO-8s for other converters one day. “It was a kind of blind test he was putting me up to without my knowledge,” Lentini laughed. “But I passed! Without knowing what he was up to, I said, dismayed, ‘Good grief! My tweeters are out of order!’ He let me in on the joke and put things right. It was a good testament to the LIO-8, which is, in my opinion, after listening to many, many converters, the absolute champion of transparency. I think that goes back to Metric Halo founders Joe and B.J. Buchalter’s quest for scientifically-grounded audio magic. It’s not just a business for them, it’s a passion. I like to think that I can ‘hear’ it in the LIO-8.” Lentini also noted that both his mic pre and his LIO-8s boast better than 2Hz – 60kHz performance.

Despite his passion for great audio gear, Lentini is wary of losing sight of his priorities. “For me, the most dangerous thing is to become a slave to the technicalities,” he said. “I love audio engineering, but I have to give priority to creative matters. The music has to be great to begin with, and then the technicalities let it shine. But it doesn’t work the other way around.” As such, he has streamlined his workflow to include only those tools that work in ways that are transparent not only to the signal flowing through them, but also to the process of creation.

“What I demand in a plug-in is firstly precision,” he said. “I want to be able to manipulate the sound with as much detail as possible. That’s what I love about Metric Halo plug-ins.” Lentini most commonly uses Metric Halo Character (a signal path modeling plug-in) and Metric Halo ChannelStrip. He commonly adds Character’s “Soft Sat” preset at the mastering stage to give his recordings an overall analog feel with pleasant harmonic distortion. He uses the precise and responsive equalization parameters of ChannelStrip throughout the recording and mixing process.

“It may seem secondary, but the customer and technical service I’ve received from Metric Halo is excellent,” Lentini added. “It’s not secondary to me because it has allowed me to keep focused on the creative aspects of my work.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

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SONNOX RELEASES LIVE SOUND BUNDLE FOR AVID VENUE & S3L CONSOLES

ANAHEIM, CA – WINTER NAMM BOOTH #6526:Sonnox LIVE Sound Bundle Sonnox Plug-ins have been road-tested by top sound engineers for years, and have proved invaluable in optimizing live sound for concert audiences. Engineers for Nine Inch Nails, Duran Duran, Massive Attack, J-Lo, Peter Gabriel, FKA Twigs, and many other superstars extol the benefits of having Sonnox in their mixing arsenal. Now, Sonnox LIVE, a powerful bundle of high quality plug-ins, is being introduced specifically for use with Avid Venue and S3L consoles.

“With Avid consoles dominating a major segment of the tour scene, we have customized a definitive bundle of Sonnox plug-ins specifically for engineers using those desks,” reports Sonnox Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames. “Live sound engineers like Andy Carrington, Rick Camp, Snake Newton, Ben Findlay, Robb Allen and many others rely on Sonnox Plug-ins for that ‘special edge’. With touring acknowledged as the primary revenue source for most artists these days, live sound quality has never been more critical,” Eames says.

The Sonnox LIVE Bundle is comprised of five plug-ins that support both TDM and AAX DSP formats:
• Oxford EQ – The industry standard digital 5-band parametric EQ + filters
• Oxford Dynamics – A multi-functional suite, includes: compressor, gate, limiter, expander, side-chain eq and ‘warmth’ control
• Inflator – Enhances presence, loudness, and warmth
• TransMod – For ultimate transient control and punch
• Oxford Reverb – A highly versatile Reverb, which includes a parametric EQ for complete control
• An AAX DSP plug-in: SuprEsser DS, is included for the exclusive use of S3L users.

Sonnox LIVE is available now at an RRP of $949.00 / £500 GPB

Important Note: Mac and Native licenses are not included in this specially priced Avid Live console bundle (Equivalent cost of HD-HDX bundle including Native Licenses = $1,674. / £1,056. GPB). For additional details visit www.sonnox.com/live

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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DPA Microphones and Blues Duo P.S. are d:dicate’d to Autism Awareness

DPA Microphones and Blues Duo P.S. are d:dicate’d to Autism Awareness
Company’s d:dicate™ 4011A and d:facto™ Vocal mics used for blues album and performances

Dan SpitzANAHEIM, JANUARY 21, 2015Dan Spitz, co-founding member, co-producer and lead guitarist of the American thrash metal band Anthrax, and vocalist Michaela Paige, a Top 12 contestant on Season 3 of NBC’s hit reality TV show The Voice, have collaborated to form P.S., a unique blues duo with the mission of raising autism awareness around the world through a soon-to-be-released, self-titled acoustic EP. For the project, Spitz plays several unique Weissenborn lap slide guitars, which he recorded using a stereo pair of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphones, an equally distinctive microphone capable of capturing the instruments’ exceptional acoustics. In addition, Spitz knew that DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone would lend perfectly to Paige’s vocal range. The pair will also use DPA microphones during a performance on the 2015 NAMM Show Main Stage on Thursday, January 22 at 1 p.m.

Having previously used DPA’s d:dicate 4011A to record the Weissenborn, Spitz knew that the mic would once again be perfect for this album. “The unique sounds that can be achieved with this instrument help me bring my personal experiences to life,” says Spitz. “With the Weissenborn, you’re playing all frequencies continually, and that’s the beauty of the instrument. The 4011A captures baritone to alto sounds and gives the microphone a chance to recover, even in a condenser form, before switching over to grab another frequency. When I started to select microphones that would best suit this recording, I knew I needed something that could project the purity and tonality of my instrument and Michaela’s vocals. The songs had to sound exactly like what we heard while we played. I knew the natural sound of the DPA mics would be an ideal solution.”

Paige, who is using the d:facto with both wired and wireless setups, echoes Spitz’ sentiments. “I think this is an absolutely beautiful microphone,” she says. “The d:facto has a clearness and a smoothness to it that I haven’t found with previous microphones. I fell in love with it the first time I used it. I’ve noticed that Dan’s mics are also great at picking up the bluesy sound of his Weissenborn, giving our album just the right amount of soul. I’m very happy to have been introduced to all of the DPA mics. They perfectly capture the sound of this project, which encompasses everything Dan and I believe in.”

In the future, the duo plans to take the d:dicate 4011A and d:facto mics on the road, praising the simplicity of switching between setups and having mics that can highlight the range of sounds. “I’m excited to take the mics on the road with me for my live performances, like the one at the 2015 NAMM Show,” Spitz adds. “We have a great sound that will appeal to a large audience, not just blues fans. My goal is to raise autism awareness through music, and I plan on reaching as many people as possible.”

In addition to his role as Anthrax’s lead guitarist and co-producer, Spitz’s six-string accomplishments include several Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Gold albums and soundtracks, as well as three Grammy® nominations. He is also the first heavy metal artist to have his music played on another planet. Chosen by NASA to place the first top 10 song chart on Mars to awaken the NASA Curiosity Rover 2012 – alongside prestigious songs from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, among other revered artists – Spitz can be thought of as the first intergalactic heavy metal recording artist.

Already an iTunes Top 100 artist, 19-year-old Paige has made it to the Top 10 on U.K. and German Dance charts and has been mentioned in USA Today newspaper, Rolling Stone magazine and on Access Hollywood. With a voice that’s reminiscent of the greats, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Paige has wowed international audiences and philanthropic circles, performing jazz, blues and R&B standards.

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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Kramer Welcomes Michael DiBella as Director of Collaborative Solutions

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce industry veteran Michael DiBella has been appointed to the position of Director of Collaborative Solutions. In this role, Michael will be responsible for targeted business development to grow and support the VIA wireless collaboration product line.

Michael will work closely with senior management to promote VIA products by highlighting their unique value proposition for the meeting spaces marketplace. He will be creating and leveraging a mix of sales and marketing tools targeted to Kramer’s dealer/integrator channel, while also creating end−user awareness which will drive sales potential through the dealer/integrator channel; positioning Kramer’s wireless & streaming solutions in untapped and competitive market verticals, including Corporate and Education segments.

DiBella comes to Kramer Electronics USA with an extensive background and track record of success in sales and marketing strategies. Along with a B.A. in Communications from Curry College, DiBella has over 20 years of experience in strategy, execution and analytics. Over these past 20 years, DiBella has acquired an extensive background in identifying trends and defining go−to market strategies.

“We are extremely pleased and also very excited to announce the addition of Michael DiBella to the Kramer Team,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer U.S. “Michael brings a wealth of firsthand experience and knowledge to the position, and he is already well−known and highly respected in the Pro AV world. VIA is one of Kramer’s most important product launches and Michael will be leading the effort in the U.S.”
DiBella brings a great deal of experience to this position. Prior to joining Kramer, DiBella previously conceptualized, developed and implemented the marketing and release of wireless connectivity devices to the Pro AV market for Crestron Electronics.

“I am very excited about joining the team at Kramer,” DiBella stated. “The VIA product is the current evolution of technology that has been proven in the marketplace since 2004 and the opportunity for this product at this time, especially when huddle spaces are such a hot trend in both educational and corporate markets, is very exciting.”

DiBella currently resides in White Plains, New York with his wife Beth Ann and son Dominic.

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