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Robert C. Bigelow and Audio-Technica Keep the Music Real for HBO Hit Series Treme

— Treme’s use of live music in the show is unique on television, and Bigelow relies on A-T microphones to capture the sounds of street musicians, parades and club shows —

— A-T further supports Bigelow’s educational efforts as a teacher of recording and mixing techniques at the University of New Orleans, providing microphones and other support materials —

133rd AES CONVENTION, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 27, 2012 — When viewers of HBO’s hit series Treme watch a parade of street musicians leading a crowd through New Orleans’ French Quarter or listen as a blues trumpet wails late into the night in a jazz club, they’re not hearing music dubbed in later in post production. They’re hearing that musician play those actual notes. That’s what sets the work that the show’s Music Recordist, Robert C. Bigelow, has done for the last three seasons of the program, distinct from most music in television drama. On Treme, the music is as real as can be because it’s recorded on site as the show is shot, and Bigelow chooses microphones from Audio-Technica to capture Treme’s music.

“The big challenge for Treme is that the music you hear on the show is what we film live on location,” says Bigelow. “Most television shows will shoot to pre-recorded music and mix it in later; on this show, we record the musicians playing live in front of the camera, so you’re hearing the real thing. This really sets Treme apart from any other drama on television.”

Bigelow says Audio-Technica offers him what no other microphone manufacturer can: the ability to capture a huge palette of sound using just a few key microphones. He uses the A-T BP4027 and BP4029 Stereo Shotgun Microphones to create the ambient sound foundation for the show’s music. “They give me the big picture and context for the music, and we build the package on them,” he explains. A-T’s ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-on Microphones are used for the brass instruments in parades and club scenes. “They’re incredibly versatile and I’ll use them on instruments from a trombone to a piano,” he says. “They’re very easy to hide – unlike other clip-on mics, I can just take the capsule of the 350 and attach it to the horn, yet they still give me full-range sound.” One very cool trick Bigelow has developed is to tape the 350 to the back of a shirt collar of a musician in a marching band to record the sound of the horns that are behind him.

Bigelow uses several microphones from A-T’s Artist Elite® wireless Series, including the AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone and AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, on both vocals and instruments, and the ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for nearly invisible miking of guitar amps and pianos, as well as overheads for drum kits. “The 450 has a really low profile so it’s great for capturing a little guitar amp on a street corner, and on drum overheads it’s got a pristine high end with absolutely no sibilance – crisp highs with no shrillness,” he raves. “The real beauty of this is that I’m able to capture the entire range of music for this show with just a few key microphones. You don’t need a big microphone closet to do this show.”

In addition to his groundbreaking work on Treme, Bigelow also heads a mentoring program in audio recording for film/TV at the University of New Orleans, helping the school further develop its film/TV production program. And A-T is a big part of that, too, providing microphones for classes and educational support materials for students. “One of the nice things about A-T microphones when it comes to teaching is that A-T mics are a great value without giving up any performance, so they’re the microphones that students can build their own tool kits with affordably, and those microphones will stay with them for the rest of their careers,” he says. “And it’s great that I’m able to teach using the very same microphones that I’m using on a multi-million-dollar film production. These are really the only microphones that can truly do it all.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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GC Pro Extends Its New High-End Technical Support Group Initiative to Nashville

— GC Pro continues to expand this acclaimed service with the addition of technical support personnel in Nashville, which joins GC Pro’s location in Hollywood to offer access to complex systems design, installation and integration services —

— The initiative will also be fully integrated with GC Pro’s acclaimed Affiliate Services Program to create a truly comprehensive turnkey system solution —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 22, 2012 — As part of its continuing effort to add useful and valuable services and products to its client offerings, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, today announced the extension of its successful new Technical Support Group initiative to the Nashville professional audio market. The program, which provides a number of technical support services, including customized Macintosh®-based audio systems solutions for clients in all of the market sectors it serves (recording studios, post production facilities and installed A/V), will now benefit Nashville’s music recording and production community. The Technical Support Group was initially launched in May 2011 at GC Pro’s Hollywood, California location. Additional personnel for the Technical Support Group are planned for other GC Pro locations in the U.S. in the future.

In the newly opened Nashville location, GC Pro Technical Services Technician Frantz Verna says that key services have already been provided for a range of professional clients there, such as loading and authorizing customers’ plug-in packages and integrating key applications including AVID’s Pro Tools® HD systems and others, and designing and building Mac-based audio systems equipped to the customers’ specifications for hard drives, video cards, RAM and other parameters. Such clients include producer/drummer Mike Marsh of the band Dashboard Confessional, legendary vocalist/composer/actress Bonnie Bramlett and Sound Emporium Recording Studios.

Verna says that many of these tasks, such as loading and authorizing software, are time- and labor-intensive, and pull music professionals away from their real work. “Musicians in Nashville definitely have better things to do with their time,” he says. “The advantage we bring to them, that they cannot get at a computer store, is that GC Pro understands how to optimize and maximize computer hardware, software and peripherals for music applications and integrate computers with their outboard equipment. We know how a computer best fits into a professional audio system. We’re able to give our clients a computer that’s ready to plug and play, which is exactly what they want and what no computer store could ever offer.” And all systems from the Technical Support Group will also be available for integration by members of GC Pro’s acclaimed Affiliate Services Program, which offers the services of certified studio designers, acousticians, systems integrators and other technical services to all GC Pro customers. No other professional audio retailer can offer such a comprehensive package of high-end products and programs.

“We are proud to expand our Technical Support Group endeavors to the rich market of Nashville,” stated Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President. “Nashville’s music community is growing larger and larger every day, and with such a large concentration of artists, players, composers, producers, engineers and post-production professionals, it is the type of market that can clearly benefit from the services of our Technical Support Group.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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projectiondesign® and RSI Visual Systems announces CAATS presence

Demonstration of the highest quality Level D certified visuals in today’s marketplace

Norway’s projectiondesign® will provide their FL35 wqxga ReaLED™ projectors on the RSI Visual Systems’ booth at the upcoming CAATS Ab-Initio Training summit in Sanya, Hainan Province, China.

“The booth will show the industry’s leading high performance certified Level D IG and projection system, world-wide database and airport libraries, for deployment on new FSTD and FTD simulators and for upgrades to existing systems,” says Alasdair MacPherson, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing at RSI Visual Systems. “The booth demonstration will highlight LED based FL35 wqxga projectors integrated with the RSI XT4 Level ‘ D’ Image Generator showing the very latest in high performance PC-based visual systems.

“Today, RSI Visual Systems has over 150 systems installed around the world. Most recently RSI Visual Systems has deployed projectiondesign FL35 wqxga projectors at British Airways’ recent upgrade on one of their Level D full flight simulatiors.”
Inside the cockpit of British Airways A320 simulator (click to download high-res images).

The FL35 wqxga was introduced at the end of last year as the highest-resolution solid-state light-source projector available with its 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution.

Based on the established F35 DLP® platform, the FL35 wqxga combines an ultra-high resolution of 4.1 Megapixels with projectiondesign’s second-generation ReaLED illumination technology.

“Like all ReaLED devices, the FL35 promises 100,000 hours of typical service life combined with greater installation flexibility and reduced cost of ownership compared with conventionally illuminated designs,” says Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign.

www.projectiondesign.com

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Madonna Gives Sennheiser All Her Luvin’

Stadiums, arenas and open air venues across Asia, Europe, North and South America are hosting Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour, with all featuring a large Sennheiser wireless microphone and monitoring system that helps deliver a flawless performance, night after night. Madonna has six Sennheiser SKM 5200 mics for each show, which, as monitor engineer Matt Napier explains, get tested to the limit.

“The 5200s get a real battering. The whole first section of the show is highly stylised with an almost comic book aggression. There is a lot of staged violence and the microphones get hurled around and are frequently being thrown to and from dancers and onto the floor,” commented Napier. “We’re going through a new microphone every ten shows or so. But given that the 5200 is not a microphone designed for such abuse, I think they are standing up remarkably well. Of course we have a whole drawer of spares from Sennheiser!” he concluded.

Audio rental company Eighth Day Sound provided the Sennheiser equipment after purchasing from Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, USA. The tour features six further SKM 5200s with MD 5005 capsules for backing and guest vocal microphones. Together with Madonna’s vocal mics, these use seven EM 3732-II wireless receivers. Fourteen 2000 series wireless systems are used for in-ear monitors, with 14 more for guitar systems. In addition, a percussion trio uses SKP 2000 plug-on transmitters, taking the overall wireless channel count to around 50.

“The plug-on transmitters are a very useful solution, because the trio comes on stage, does its section and goes off again. There’s no time to cable the musicians up. It’s a very neat way of using RF,” says Napier. “On top of everything else, there is also a wireless comms system, so we are probably up to 70 channels of RF at each show and we have had no problems at all.

“Everything is using the built-in networking, all programmed on the Wireless Systems Manager, which saves a huge amount of time. Every show so far has been trouble free.”

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Madonna.jpg: Madonna’s 2012 MDNA Tour uses Sennheiser microphones and monitors
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Xytech Expands Footprint in New York and Los Angeles

Growth of Staff Supports Ongoing Dynamic Expansion

(Mission Hills, CA/New York, NY/London, UK) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, has announced the expansion of East Coast services and their staff on both coasts. The growth of the company’s New York team is driven by Xytech’s continued success in the Broadcasting space.

Todd Avenarius now leads the implementation of sales strategy for the company across the Americas and APAC in his new role as Director of Sales. Located in the company’s Los Angeles office, Avenarius brings over 15 years of advanced strategic thinking in sales, sales operations, team development, and communications to his new role at Xytech. In recent months a number of new sales have been completed, including several in Australia and New Zealand. On Avenarius’ hire, Xytech COO Greg Dolan commented, “I am absolutely delighted that Todd has joined our team. I consider him one of the best in the business. His relationships, track record, and innovative thinking are all incredible assets to us as Xytech continues to expand globally.”

To keep pace with the unprecedented growth of its Eastern US operations, Xytech has added to its team and increased responsibilities of key staffers there. Jim Hegarty, Principal Consultant, has expanded duties that now give him primary responsibility for managing client implementations and service deliveries for the region. He has been a key member of the team for the past five years, and joined Xytech from Ford. Olga Djomparin and Michele Rey are the newest members of Xytech’s East Coast team, leading project management and customer service for the area.

Dolan noted, “We have seen a major escalation of our New York business over the course of the past year, and that has played directly into the company’s overall strategy of delivering strong earnings and growth in the broadcast and media services sectors of our business. In order to maintain our dominant position in the market, we must continue to deliver innovative products, exceed the expectations of our customers, and attract great people. Our East Coast team, under strong leadership from Jim, works closely with our major clients in New York and beyond. Olga and Michele bring seasoned project management focus to the team, and we see our outstanding service as a crucial differentiator.”

Recent MediaPulse installations in the New York area include major networks, managed video service providers, cable companies, and satellite operators. Xytech’s MediaPulse platform is a comprehensive and feature-rich resource, work order and asset management solution that offers a full suite of planning, scheduling and financial management tools.

Dolan concluded, “The past few years have been incredibly successful for Xytech. We’ve put amazing people into place in key roles in New York, Los Angeles and London, and it is rewarding to see the teams coming together. I look forward to a great collaboration with Todd and Jim, and to working closely with Olga and Michele.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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Win a Free Workflow Consultation from Small Tree

Wasting time copying files or recovering dropped frames are among the biggest headaches facing media production professionals. For those facilities not using its robust and affordable shared storage systems to alleviate such headaches, Small Tree is giving away a free workflow consultation to one lucky media production facility through a contest on the company’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/smalltreecomm.

Steve Modica, Small Tree’s media production’s foremost networking and storage expert, will provide critical counsel to improve video-editing workflow for the winning media production/post-production’s facility. Time and again, Steve’s consultations have juiced up editing speeds while freeing up critical space for production companies, large and small. He will “look under the hood” of the winning facility’s system – remotely, using TeamViewer – to help streamline its servers and maximize networking and storage performance.

Open only to persons residing in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States who are at least 18 years of age and employed at a media production facility, the Small Tree contest is free to enter and runs through November 26. One winner will be selected at random for the phone consultation with Small Tree.

Small Tree is the Mac shared storage and networking specialist. The company provides affordable and reliable workflow technology and support that meets the extensive demands of well-known companies such as Google, Disney, EA Sports, Coca Cola, Utah Jazz and Fox Sports, while meeting the budget requirements of small- to mid-size production agencies like eMotion, ILF Media and Star Crossed Pictures.

For more information on Small Tree and its cost-effective shared storage and networking solutions, visit www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.

Academy Award-Nominee Don Burgess Joins The Joneses


Santa Monica, Calif.—Don Burgess, the award-winning cinematographer of such classic films as Forrest Gump, Cast-Away and Spider-Man, has joined The Joneses for exclusive representation as a commercial director. Burgess’s latest project, Flight, his sixth film with director Robert Zemeckis, is being released worldwide this week.

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Big Brother Australia Uses ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher For Live Broadcasts

Blackmagic Design today announced that the hit television show Big Brother Australia is using the Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher for its massive 26 by 14 ft. LED screen, which is the centerpiece of the main stage during its live broadcasts.

Developed by Southern Star Entertainment for Nine Network Australia and based on the international Big Brother series produced by Netherlands based television production and distribution company Endemol, Big Brother Australia follows the lives of 14 strangers living in a house sealed off from the outside world for up to 100 days. Each Monday, during the live nomination show, the housemates cast votes nominating each other for eviction. The housemates with the most nominations are then up for eviction, which is decided by viewers during the following Sunday’s live eviction show.

In order to recap the drama and help housemates and viewers with their decisions, Big Brother Australia relies on Rod Morris, managing director of Interactive Originals, and the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher. Rod is able to switch between pre produced graphics, such as nomination points tallys and housemate standings, live and prerecorded story lines, live footage from any of the house’s 42 cameras, and a live feed from the Big Brother Control Room using the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher’s 16 inputs. Rod also relies on Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink family of capture and playback cards, HyperDeck Shuttle SSD recorder to record the ATEM’s output, DVI Extender for signal routing and Blackmagic Design UpDownCross converters and Mini Converters SDI to HDMI.

“No matter how much we prepare and rehearse, the live shows are incredibly multifaceted and dynamic because of the real time action,” said Rod. “I could be playing back pre recorded footage, but have to switch to a live feed because there’s drama unfolding in the house. Then, we might need to conduct a simultaneous interview with housemates in three different locations to discuss what just happened.”

Using the ATEM’s SuperSource feature, Rod is able to incorporate multi camera interviews and picture in picture production, which is essential when host Sonia Kruger simultaneously interviews housemates in different locations. With up to four picture in picture DVEs and four keyers connected as one input, Rod is able to cut between locations and housemates with ease.

“The ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher provides me with all the tools I need to keep the live broadcasts running and housemates and viewers engaged,” said Rod. “Many times people can’t believe what I can accomplish with so few pieces of hardware.”

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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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FilmLight’s Baselight Used to Grade Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”

LONDON—Hotel Transylvania, Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit comedy that already broke records at the U.S. box office, went through final colour grading and stereo finishing in full 3D on Baselight. Completed at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility, DI Colourist John Persichetti used Baselight to apply the finishing touches to the film prior to its worldwide release.

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DiGiCo SD9 Rack Pack Shakes the Cage at All-Star Opening of Mick Fleetwood’s Hawaiian Venue

fleetwoods-on-front-street-maui.jpgDiGiCo rocked the house at the grand opening celebration of Mick Fleetwood’s new restaurant and club, Fleetwood’s on Front Street, in the heart of downtown Lahaina, Maui. The four-night musical celebration boasted a star-studded roster of performers. Night one kicked off with the Grammy-nominated Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring guitarist/singer Rick more

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