Archive for January 24th, 2013

Calrec Achieves 100th Bluefin2 Installation With Sale to BBC Wales

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Jan. 24, 2013 — Calrec, a leading supplier of audio consoles for on-air and live production, announced that it has surpassed 100 installations of its Bluefin2 high-density signal-processing (HDSP) technology with a sale to BBC Wales. BBC Wales installed a 40-fader Artemis Beam console with Hydra2 audio routing capability in a newly renovated studio at its Cardiff, Wales, facility. This is BBC Wales’ second Artemis console. It joins nine other Artemis desks and one Apollo desk — all equipped with Bluefin2 — in BBC operations throughout the United Kingdom.

“Calrec manufactures high-spec products in low numbers, and we only launched Bluefin2 technology at NAB in 2009, so to sell 100 consoles in three years is a significant achievement,” said Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing at Calrec. “This milestone is an indication of the popularity and success of the current product range, and it’s especially fitting that the BBC plays a role in that success because it is our longest standing customer.”

Bluefin2 used in Apollo and Artemis consoles is Calrec’s second-generation FPGA technology, the technology that makes HDSP possible. Calrec has pioneered HDSP in broadcast-audio consoles by incorporating FPGA into its digital signal processing, which gives Calrec consoles immense power in a small space — more than any of its competitors. Bluefin2 offers more processing power than its highly successful predecessor, Bluefin, and provides a fully future-proof solution for multichannel discrete audio mixing.

The processing power of Bluefin2, combined with Calrec products’ reputation for reliability and intuitive control, has helped Calrec to achieve major market share in the U.K. and the U.S., where the company’s products are regularly quoted as the standard and are installed in 70 percent of OB trucks. The consoles are popular for sporting events and have proved successful for prime time live-to-air or live-to-tape programming.

Calrec is also seeing growth in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The 100-installation milestone is particularly significant in those growing markets because it instills confidence in Calrec as a viable option for potential customers.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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Christie Offers Visualization Display Education to End Users, System Integrators and Consultants in Oil and Gas Industry

Christie®, a leader in visualization display solutions, today, held a one-day educational Vis University program in Houston, designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of visualization display systems for the oil and gas industry.

Christie Ultra-High Resolution 84-inch Flat-Panel


System integrators, consultants and end-users were invited to take part in the free program day which included industry experts who shared their technical knowledge and experience. Focused on the oil and gas industry, experts Nelia Mazula of Dassault Systèmes, Doug Trail of nVIDIA, Business Consultant Bob Pette and three visualization professionals from Christie, presented on state of the art technology in visualization, image quality, 3D virtual training solutions, driving high resolution graphic displays, incorporating multi-touch technology and system maintenance – all for visualization.
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Furthermore, system integrators were invited to a demo day on January 22 to personally view advancements in visualization featuring the Christie® HoloStation, a compact, personal visualization solution that displays up to 16.8 megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment; and, the QuadHD-84, a stunning 60Hz, 84-inch flat-panel display solution featuring QuadHD resolution (3840 x 2160). The 84-inch diagonal, ultra high-definition display and fast processing ensures high-performance data visualization is simple to use and easy to incorporate into any visualization application.
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Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments, commented: “Collaboration is integral to developing the best solutions, while education is key to sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences. We are pleased to organize this forum to explore and discuss the innovative visual technologies of today and of the future with those who work directly in the field of visualization in the oil and gas industry.”
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To learn about Christie’s visualization solutions, visit Christie visualization for the energy market.
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If you are a visual systems software or product development engineer, a program manager or technical specialist in the visualization market, contact the Christie Vis University team to join our mailing or to find out about upcoming visualization education program days.

FOR-A Unveils New Feature for Frame Rate Converter that Caters to Winter Sports Production

Unit optimizes conversion in environments with fast motion and high contrast

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces a new update for its FRC-8000HS HD/SD <a href="http://for-a.com/products/frc8000/frc8000.html”>Frame Rate Converter to better accommodate the production of winter sports. With this software release, the FRC-8000 offers a unique level of in-depth user control, giving operators the ability to customize settings based on their specific needs. Users of the frame rate converter will now be able to select a ‘winter sports’ scene type, a special mode created by FOR-A to optimize the conversion process in environments with high-speed moving objects in highly saturated backgrounds that contain a lot of bright white, such as snow or ice.

“One of the strongest features of our FRC-8000 is the ability to fine tune our vector motion process,” explained Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The FRC-8000 will produce world class results using the automatic conversion modes, but the new ‘scene type’ setting provides a new level of conversion, not available on any other motion vector converter.”

Offering simultaneous HD and SD output and an optional front touch panel for easy operation, the FRC-8000 is a popular frame rate conversion solution that has been utilized by many broadcasters to convert footage to the appropriate standard. Equipped with FOR-A’s proven motion compensation processing technology, the FRC-8000 supports a wide range of signals, including 1080i, 720p, NTSC and PAL. Up, down, and cross converters provide both frame rate and format conversion in a single unit. The solution’s new winter sports function will benefit broadcasters who are working on winter sporting events, such as speed skating, figure skating, skiing and snowboarding. While the FRC-8000 already offered a host of advanced functions to ensure excellent image quality, the new feature allowing users to customize the pre-set mode presents an even greater advantage. Broadcasters now have a wide range of control parameters, and can select from ‘normal,’ ‘sports,’ or ‘winter sports’ as their menu setting.

“We’re excited to offer this new feature,” said Silvestre, “The FRC-8000 was successfully used by a variety of broadcasters for the London Games last summer, and we anticipate that this new winter sports setting will prove popular for the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. More immediately, we look forward to seeing the new setting in action for upcoming winter sports productions.”

Customers deploying the FRC-8000 for sports production include: ESPN; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada); Mexico City-based television network Televisa; Rogers Sportsnet, a Canadian live-event and high definition broadcaster; and Casablanca, a Brazilian provide of satellite communication services to customers such as Fox Sports Latin America.

The updated FRC-8000 software was released at the end of November 2012.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Waves Audio Offers Element Synthesizer

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824),a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, recently introduced Element, its first-ever synthesizer. Powered by Virtual Voltage™ technology, Element is an analog-style polyphonic instrument engineered to deliver the fat, gritty sound of the classics, with all the precision, flexibility and control of contemporary digital synths. Element includes a vast array of convenient features and functions, including integrated effects, a 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer, MIDI Learn for all controls and a massive preset library, with total tweakability. Plus, all parameters are laid out right in front of the user, so when inspiration strikes, there’s no need to scroll through page after page to customize sounds. Searing leads, booming basses, ethereal pads, electro-percussion, sequential motions, mind-blowing FX and lots more: Element does it all.

London-based Yoad Nevo, who has enjoyed a successful career as a producer/engineer for such artists as Air, Goldfrapp and Pet Shop Boys, in addition to being a longtime Waves developer, was instrumental in the development of Element. He states, “In my work, I use synthesizers quite a bit. Even though I have a large collection of analog synths, I’m always on the lookout for cool new virtual instruments. So when Waves decided to build a synth from the ground up, there were certain things I made sure it had. We knew we wanted to create a synth that would be straightforward and easy to use, so we started with a basic subtractive synthesis engine. We then developed the engine further, adding features and functions along the way, until it grew into a mature synth.”

Nevo continues, “Element provides fat sound right off the bat, but also has very comprehensive editing capabilities, which I used to create most of its presets. We made sure to include all its features on a single page: the step sequencer, modulation matrix and effects section, everything. Whether scrolling through presets of creating completely new sounds from scratch, we saw to it that Element would provide users with instant sonic gratification.”

Waves Element is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $200, with a special introductory price of $99. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Teams with Abbey Road Studios to Offer REDD Console Plugins

— REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 plugins truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of the original coveted classic consoles —

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824), a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, has again teamed with London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios to offer the new REDD Console plugins. Abbey Road Studios were at the epicenter of a seismic shift that rocked the world of music during the 1960s, and changed the course of popular culture forever. The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd and countless other luminaries made musical history at Abbey Road Studios, trailblazing a revolution that resonates to this day. And at the heart of it all were REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named after Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department (REDD). Renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery, there’s something magical about the REDDs that simply sounds like no other console. Waves meticulously recreated the unique color, character and tonal complexity of the original desks: the REDD.17 still belonging to Abbey Road Studios, and the REDD.37 console now owned by Lenny Kravitz. The result is REDD: an impressive pair of plugins that truly deliver the enhanced dimension, richness and depth of these coveted console classics.

Mirek Stiles – Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios, stated, “Ever since I first heard the word REDD at Abbey Road Studios almost 13 years ago, to me these consoles have had a legendary almost mythical aura around them. Most of the original REDD consoles have been lost over time but by using the few examples left over and studying the original schematics and design notes from the archives I believe Waves and Abbey Road have revived an important part of musical history that will enable producers of all generations to discover and fall in love with the lost sound of REDD.”

Controls:

Amp Type determines the type of amplifier (REDD.37-.51 only).
Channel Select determines the channel configuration.
Bass Lift controls the 9 dB low shelf that compensates for low frequency loss caused by using condenser microphones in a Figure 8 configuration.
EQ Select toggles between Classic and Pop EQ types. The Classic treble EQ features a shelf boost or cut at 10 kHz; Pop EQ is a peak boost centered around 5kHz, with a shelf cut centered at 10 kHz. Both Pop and Classic settings feature a continuous 10 dB of boost or cut at 100 Hz. (REDD.37-.51 only).
Tone High controls high shelf equalization.
Tone Low controls low shelf equalization.
Monitor controls the source of the monitor output.
Spread selects stereo processing mode (Stereo component only).
Drive controls the amount of drive added to the signal. Lower values result in a cleaner sound; higher values result in a more distorted sound.
Analog controls the level of modeled noise and hum.
Output controls the output level of the signal.
VU Meters display output VU readings.

Both REDD.17 and REDD.37-.51 are Native- and SoundGrid®-compatible and are available at a U.S. MSRP of $349.00, with a special introductory price of $199.00.

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Announces AAX Native Support

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — In response to user requests, Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces support for the AAX Native plugin platform. Waves has always strived to support as many plugin platforms as possible, including VST, RTAS, TDM, AudioUnits and others. With this new development, Waves plugins now support the AAX platform, used by Avid HDX systems.

“AAX Native support has been a frequent suggestion from users,” Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and co-founder. “We are happy to respond to market demand with this new compatibility.”

Ed Gray, Director of Partnering Programs for Avid remarks, “Waves’ arrival onto the AAX platform with its AAX Native plug-ins is great news for our mutual users of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX. The range and quality of processors offered by Waves remains superior, and AAX compatibility will make Waves plug-ins an obvious addition to new and upgraded Pro Tools systems. We are grateful for this support.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Local Hero LLC Produces Its First Feature Film “I Remember You”

Production Begins February 19, 2013

Local Hero Post, a leading creative DI facility is proud to announce it is in production of its first feature film entitled I Remember You. Principal photography begins February 19 in Los Angeles.

Local Hero has over 60 feature post-production credits, which include director Jason Moore’s Pitch Perfect, director Travis Fine’s Any Day Now, director Tom Elkins’ Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia, and has done the full post-production and DI for features from Universal Pictures and Lionsgate Films, among many others.

I Remember You is being executive produced by Leandro Marini, founder, head of imaging, and supervising colorist at Local Hero Post, and James Cotten, owner of Dark Highway Films and one of the owners of Local Hero Post. Cotten, who most recently produced Hansel And Gretel Get Baked, distributed through Tribeca Films, was also director of The Line, starring Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta; director/screenwriter/producer of Sugar Creek; screenwriter/producer of Resurrection County; and executive producer of The Devil’s Carnival and Madison County.

Claudia Sparrow is the director and writer of the original screenplay for I Remember You. Sparrow is an AFI graduate, winner of a student Emmy award, and winner of the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for her direction of the short film El Americano.

“One of our dreams for Local Hero was always to eventually produce our own content,” commented Leandro Marini, Local Hero LLC. “Since we now have a large set of resources that we can bring to our own productions, we felt that it was time to pull the trigger. We developed I Remember You specifically to take advantage of our considerable digital cinema, VFX, and delivery experience.”

About Local Hero LLC

Founded in 2006, Local Hero is a file-based post-production and creative DI facility in Santa Monica, CA, USA. As a pioneer in the digital film revolution, Local Hero uses the most current technologies to make digitally captured images look their very best theatrically and in broadcast. Local Hero specializes in streamlined workflows that include conform, coloring grading, creative DI for imagery and VFX, real-time client sessions, and finishing. Learn more about Local Hero at www.localheropost.com

Waves Audio Introduces GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces its GEQ graphic equalizer plugin. Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ Features

Classic component with proportional Q
Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types
30 ISO bands
6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost
Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side
Zero latency
2 input RTA with external input options
RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function
Link L/R
Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality

The GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin will be available soon with U.S. MSRP TBA. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Waves Audio Announces eMotion™ Mixer for SoundGrid®

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces the new eMotion™ Mixer for SoundGrid® systems, with the introduction of the line’s first products, the eMotion LV1 for live sound front-of-house and monitor applications, and eMotion Studio, for recording, mixing and post production facilities. Designed to integrate seamlessly with Waves SoundGrid-compatible I/Os, eMotion is poised to revolutionize the world of mixing.

The eMotion Mixer engine is powered by low-latency Intel-based Waves SoundGrid DSP Servers. Features include low-latency Waves plugin processing on every channel; support for multiple mixers, I/O boxes and SoundGrid DSP servers over a single network; hardware scalability using standard network components; compatibility with standard control surfaces; Multi-Touch support; Windows and Mac compatibility; and preset sharing across consoles and platforms.

The LV1, the first product in the eMotion series, includes two new integrated plugins: EMO-D5 Dynamics Processor and EMO-Q4 Equalizer.

LV1 Software Mixer Product Features

64 input channels (mono/stereo)
32 stereo busses + return channels
L/R, center, mono main busses + master channels
8 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable function controls
Cue/SIP and talk-back
EMO-Q4 Equalizer: 4-band EQ with HP and LP per channel
EMO-D5 Dynamics Processor: Comp/Gate/Expander/DeEsser/Limiter/Leveler per channel
Up to 6 plug-ins per channel
Connect to multiple DAWs for recording and playback
Save and transmit sessions and snapshots from any DAW to eMotion
Connect and share SoundGrid I/O devices, drivers and applications
Up to 1000 Scenes/Snapshots
Up to 96 kHz sample rate
Automatic plugin delay compensation
Mackie HUI control surface support, including iPad HUI emulators

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Matrox Mura MPX Series Boards Now Compatible with AMX Control Systems, Facilitating Video Wall Integration and Control

Montreal, Canada, January 24, 2013 — Matrox Graphics Inc. announced today that its flagship Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards are compatible with NetLinx® Integrated Controller systems from automation solutions provider AMX. With the development of a free Mura MPX-specific module for the NetLinx® user interface programming language, AV integrators are now able to easily integrate Mura MPX boards with AMX systems and create custom video walls for use within a wide range of industries spanning such sectors as retail, government, and process control. more

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