Archive for July 22nd, 2013

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Holds “Hear It Like I Hear It” in New York City

Presented with the Consumer Electronics Association Audio Division, This Event Included GRAMMY®-Winning Engineer Andrew Scheps Pushing Forward with Popular “Lost In Translation” Lecture Series, along with a Session from Tom Fleischman and GRAMMY Winner Elliot Scheiner on Audio in Film

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2013) — On the evening of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in New York City, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted “Hear It Like I Hear It,” a joint presentation of the P&E Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) Audio Division, and scheduled in conjunction with CE Week in New York. Held in an intimate setting in Manhattan’s Alison 18 restaurant, just a few short blocks from the CE Week exhibits, it was attended by prominent members of the audio community, consumer audio media and journalists from the mainstream press.

The first half of the evening featured GRAMMY®-winning engineer Andrew Scheps’ presentation “Lost In Translation,” again part of the P&E Wing and CEA Audio Division’s ongoing “Quality Sound Matters” initiative, which educates about and demonstrates the importance of high-quality audio. The lecture provided an engaging, revelatory and humorous presentation of current audio format comparisons. Set in a high-end listening environment featuring a Genelec 5.1 Active Monitoring System, the multimedia demonstration showcased the auditory differences of master recordings played back in different formats such as vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and online streaming models. Scheps has engineered and mixed for some of the biggest acts in the business, including Adele, Green Day, Linkin Park, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2. He is a two-time GRAMMY winner for his work on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium and Adele’s 21 albums and was named the 2012 International Recording Engineer of the Year by the UK’s Music Producers Guild.

The evening’s second half focused on audio in film, and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner (The Eagles, Steely Dan) and prominent re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman (Silence of the Lambs, The Aviator, Gangs of New York) discussed their recent project, the documentary film History of the Eagles. Showing clips from the documentary, Fleischman and Scheiner discussed how they were able to remix audio from vintage live recordings of the band for the documentary’s rich 5.1 surround sound format. Scheiner has worked with the Eagles for decades, putting him in a unique position to reflect the band’s signature sound and original creative intent on the newly mixed footage, and he discussed this process in the context of their classic albums and recording sessions.

Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director, stated, “The ‘Hear It Like I Hear It’ event was another successful venture for the P&E Wing, and we were especially pleased to present these sessions with the CEA Audio Division. The ‘Lost in Translation’ lecture series from Andrew Scheps has been a true highlight of recent events, providing an entertaining yet simple and practical exploration of the various formats delivering music to consumers today. Pairing it with Elliot Scheiner and Tom Fleischman’s engaging lecture on their Eagles documentary audio work was a wonderful choice, as those two gentlemen, in discussing their 5.1-for-film mixing methods, were able to complement Scheps’ lecture with more examples of the importance of quality sound. We thank all three of these minds for sharing their insight.”

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

Audio-Technica Supports Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s New Recording Program

STOW, OH, July 19, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to be among an elite group of audio equipment manufacturers lending key support to Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School (the only entertainment magnet high school in the country) as it rolls out its new recording technology program and world-class recording studio, the result of Nashville Metro Schools’ “Music Makes Us” initiative. The studio was designed and assembled by leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, and is part of the first-ever student-run record label in a high school. On May 8, 2013, members of the P&E Wing, along with Nashville public officials, representatives from Audio-Technica and other key sponsors, members of the media and more attended a red-carpet event at the school’s campus celebrating the grand opening of the program and facility.

The studio, which will serve the school’s Academy of Entertainment Management and Academy of Entertainment Communication divisions, is a multi-room facility with a large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using the recording equipment, synthesizers, digital samplers and drum machines. The studio also features a sizable tracking room where the Audio-Technica microphones will be employed as students capture recordings of live musicians. The facility also features several isolation booths and two 5.1 surround sound editing suites. In addition, the studio houses a multi-station teaching area with 30 Apple iMac-equipped workstations connected to the teacher’s station and the studio.

A-T equipment in the studio includes two ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphones; an ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; three ATM25/LE Limited edition Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphones; two AT4081Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones; two AT4033/CL Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4047/SV Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphone; an AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone; two AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone; and five sets of ATH-M50s straight-cable Studio Monitor Headphones.

Multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee Chair, stated, “We thank Audio-Technica and all of our key sponsors. They provided an integral piece of this puzzle, and they have made a tremendous impact on this groundbreaking program. I can’t help but think of what a gift it will be for these students to be working with such state-of-the-art gear as Audio-Technica microphones and headphones. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the present and future of music, and we are proud to have Audio-Technica involved.”

Fellow subcommittee member Chuck Ainlay, who also acts as the Chair of the P&E Wing in Nashville, added, “I have personally been a long-time user of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones, and it’s great that the students at Pearl-Cohn will have the opportunity to use the same microphones that the pros use in the studio. With the support of companies like Audio-Technica, the recording technology program at Pearl-Cohn will help raise students’ expectations about the quality of music and have a tremendous impact on their lives.”

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

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us is a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders. The Music Makes Us initiative will lead the nation in music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape.

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

Sennheiser Brings Exclusive Listening Experience to the Newport Folk Festival® with Live Recording Sessions at ‘Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins’

Newport, RI – July 22, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser will be a major supporter of The Newport Folk Festival® for the second year in a row, partnering with Paste Magazine to host live recording sessions with today’s most authentic and trailblazing music artists. Between Friday, July 26th and Sunday, July 28th, the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins will be in full swing, capturing live recordings sessions by dozens of creative and prolific musicians.

Last year, the ruins proved to be an enormous draw at the festival, as fans listened to intimate recording sets by artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Rodriguez and many others, using Sennheiser’s premium wireless headphone technology. The performances, which occured inside a centuries-old grotto within the fortress that graces the Fort Adams State Park, were captured using Sennheiser and Neumann microphones and broadcast to each fan using Sennheiser’s industry renowned RF technology.

This year, in addition to the Sennheiser Sound Lounge at the Paste Ruins, Sennheiser will also provide its wireless headphone technology at the Museum Stage, one of Newport’s more intimate venues. Those waiting outside the small-capacity venue will still be able to listen to intimate artist performances by wearing Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Newport and Sennheiser: Carrying on a Spirit of Heritage and Innovation

The Newport Folk Festival® is utterly unique in its legacy among American music festivals. It is where Bob Dylan changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll when he plugged in and ‘went electric’ on July 25, 1965, and is where Johnny Cash introduced Kris Kristofferson to the world stage. It is also where The Pixies — creators of the blueprint for alternative rock — went acoustic in 2005. Today’s Newport Folk Festival® is more relevant to music fans than ever. In the last four years alone, the average age of attending fans has dropped by 8.5 years among its nearly 30,000 annual attendees, and this year’s festival sold out in just five days.

“It is not difficult to draw parallels between Sennheiser and The Newport Folk Festival®,” commented Stefanie Reichert strategic marketing communication, Sennheiser. “These are two brands that have been around for decades, yet both remain at the top of their games and find themselves at the pinnacle of reinvention. Sennheiser has stayed true to its rich heritage in audio technology without becoming distracted by short-term fashion trends, while Newport continues to reinvent itself for legions of incoming generations of music fans.”

With musical content and back to back recording sessions curated by Paste Magazine, Sennheiser will once again post entire artist performances on the Sennheiser website for fans to watch in the days and weeks following the festival.

“Newport has always followed its own path and carved its own identity,” commented Jay Sweet, producer of The Newport Folk Festival®. “We have an extremely loyal fanbase of tastemakers who crave both authenticity and ‘off-the-beaten-path’ cultural experiences. At today’s festival, it would not be unusual to see My Morning Jacket’s Jim James woodshedding with John Prine, Andrew Bird sitting in for an impromptu set with Emmylou Harris, or even Beck rubbing shoulders with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. It is a place where the new and old become reacquainted and reinvented for the incoming generations.”

Both Newport and Sennheiser cater to a growing audience of consumers who seek substance and authenticity. Indeed, Sennheiser has chosen The Newport Folk Festival® as the location to launch one of its highly anticipated new consumer products, introducing premium sound quality to many thousands of music fans.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

AES Holds 50th International Conference with Focus on Audio Education

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event will be held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, July 18, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is holding its 50th International Conference, dedicated specifically to audio education, July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The three-day conference will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. The conference will bring together leading educators and professional audio industry representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge that will contribute to improving quality and effectiveness for students and faculty alike. The event will also for the first time include a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Director of System Optimization at Meyer Sound.

In recent decades, audio education has expanded significantly worldwide, with many colleges and universities, career institutes, high schools and manufacturers now offering a wide range of courses and training in professional audio. There are practical questions that administrators and faculty face managing audio as a discipline within educational institutions. For example, what skill sets should students develop and what career options can they pursue? What are the practical and financial implications of acquiring, installing and maintaining necessary equipment and infrastructure? How does the popularity of distance learning affect audio education? What role can audio education play in local artistic and economic initiatives and community development?

More than 120 educators and industry representatives from around the world will address these and other questions through a focused series of presentations, papers, workshops, case studies and discussions. The conference results will include a collection of over 30 formal papers, historical documents, survey instruments and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials will focus on topics including pedagogy, curriculum design and instructional resources; internships, employment and career counseling; partnerships with industry and professional organizations, learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration. Full program details are posted here.

“AES members who are in academia and industry share a similar passion for strengthening the range and quality of educational resources associated with audio engineering,” states Bill Crabtree, Conference Co-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU. “We expect that this conference will have a lasting and positive effect on pro audio education programs at all types of schools going forward.”

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

Sound Devices Demonstrates 788T with Latest Firmware and Production Capabilities at SMPTE Australia 2013

SYDNEY, JULY 22, 2013 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, will be on-site at The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers biennial conference and exhibition, SMPTE13, demonstrating its latest solutions for content creators in the motion-imaging, sound and broadcast industries (John Barry Sales, Stand C29). The company will exhibit its flagship 788T and 788T-SSD digital audio recorders with the latest firmware update, Version 3.0.

With the influx of multi-tracking in the field and on set, the 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers who require additional isolated tracks. It boasts eight full-featured inputs and records to up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to left/right mixed tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.

Further positioning the 788T as one of the foremost solutions for today’s evolving production standards, Version 3.0 is a free download for all existing and new 788T users offering a 192-kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks (L through B) recording to one drive. It provides for scene, take, notes, false takes, circle and track name metadata to be synched between C-Linked 788Ts. Version 3 firmware also features digital input limiters for AES3 and AES42 inputs, perfect for digital microphones. Additional enhancements include a left/right tone identification mode with a shortcut to toggle the mode on or off, added user-customizable CL-9 encoder adjustments, which affect trim gain and EQ frequency, and the option to decode MS into LR MIX only and leave ISO tracks as un-decoded MS.

In addition, Version 3.0 offers a new timecode mode, “Free Run – Auto Output Mute.” This is the same as the “Free” run mode, but mutes the “Lemo” timecode output when stopped and can be used to roll external devices when the “Rec-Run” timecode is not suitable. In addition to overall faster drive formatting, the latest firmware features an upgraded external low-voltage threshold, now 11.3V, along with various overall system improvements and optimizations.

“SMPTE is a leading technical society for the industry and we look forward to attending the conference once again this year,” says Ed Capp, Global Director of Sales for Sound Devices. “We believe attendees will be pleased to learn more about the new upgrades to the 788T and how the product can continue to be a mainstay in their production rigs, especially as audio production techniques continue to evolve.”

788T/788T-SSD users can download Version 3.0, by visiting: http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware/download/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

SMPTE at IBC2013

Beyond HD: The State of UHDTV
SMPTE will present the session “Beyond HD: The Technology Landscape for Future Broadcasting” at IBC2013. On Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. in room E102, Dr. Hans Hoffmann of the EBU will convene this session on the current state of ultra-high definition television (UHDTV). Experts from leading media companies and technology suppliers will provide a practical, real-world view of the technology ecosystem, as well as a look at the future roadmap for UHDTV. Highlights will include an extensive review of the definition of UHD, the publication of the SMPTE UHDTV Study Group report, and lessons learned from groundbreaking UHDTV work done at the 2013 Wimbledon Tennis Championship and Confederation Cup. The session will close with an interactive panel discussion — joined by representatives from Panasonic Europe, Samsung, Sony, Disney, the BBC, Sky Germany, Sky TV UK, and NBC Universal — on the opportunities and barriers to full deployment of UHDTV.

Rising Stars Program
The Rising Stars program gives new entrants to the broadcast industry the opportunity to meet top industry experts across a series of specially staged sessions and events. Throughout IBC2013, SMPTE members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide guided tours of the floor to Rising Stars participants. Through this program, SMPTE helps to foster the successful rise and advance of young creative, business, and technology professionals working within the industry. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.ibc.org/page.cfm/link=702.

SMPTE Products at IBC2013:

SMPTE CamBook(R) 3
SMPTE’s CamBook(R) 3 is a precision tool designed to help users optimize image quality with ease and speed. With this convenient tool, engineers can align and set up cameras to REC 709, compare/match camera makes and models, and test lenses for colorimetry and resolution. In production, the CamBook 3 helps users select the best camera for the job and serves as a useful reference both on set and in post for color correction of images. The SMPTE-branded book is essentially three charts bound into one product. It features a number of popular DSC test elements, including the CamAlign(TM) colorbar/grayscale with “SpectroGray” patented spectrophotometrically neutral grayscale, a 12-chip colorbar with four standard skin tones, resolution trumpets, and both 16:9 and 4:3 framing lines. Additional DSC test elements include three “matte” reference chips — 18 percent gray, DSC Warm, and 90 percent CamWhite — as well as a DSC BackFocus Pattern, all of which were previously unavailable in any CamBook.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/CamBook3.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE CamBook(R) 3

SMPTE OneShot(TM) Pocket Chart
Offered in a SMPTE-branded protective case, the DSC Labs OneShot(TM) pocket chart provides all of the color and luminance information necessary to match and reproduce color in dailies footage. When the chart is captured on camera, it serves as a reference that allows colors to be adjusted quickly and accurately to match the look predetermined by the director of photography. Printed with a matte surface that reduces glare, the OneShot chart can be incorporated into a shot with minimal reconfiguration of cameras and lighting. As a result, this pocket tool gives users a fast means of maintaining the right look and feel for motion images, even in high pressure, time-sensitive shooting environments. As the name suggests, the overall size of 6.25 inches by 3.75 inches can actually fit in your pocket. A lanyard is also included for convenience.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/OneShotPocketChart.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE One Shot(TM) Pocket Chart

Resources:

Throughout IBC2013, SMPTE staff will be available on the stand to discuss current trends and answer questions about SMPTE and resources — including the latest SMPTE Standards Quarterly Report, released following the June meeting of the SMPTE Standards Committee in San Jose, Calif. The Standards Report summarizes the current progress of SMPTE committees working to create, approve, revise, and remove standards for the industry. Copies of the September 2013 SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal’s “Progress Report” issue, the Society’s key publication, will be available on the stand. The issue will focus on trends and developments in the motion imaging industry. Journal content from 1916 to present may be accessed from the new SMPTE digital library. Available at library.smpte.org, the SMPTE digital library provides one-stop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology and industry research as they happen.

For a complete listing of SMPTE publications, visit www.smpte.org/publications.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/DigitalLibrary.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE Digital Library

Company Quote:

“Known for providing a unique and comfortable atmosphere in which industry professionals can network and exchange ideas, IBC2013 is an ideal venue for our ‘Beyond HD’ session and expert panel on the state of UHDTV. While some of our members take part in this timely session, other SMPTE members will serve as expert guides for industry newcomers, introducing them not only to IBC, but also to the Society and its work to support the motion picture and television industry.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE

Company Overview:

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at https://www.smpte.org/join.

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

AES Holds 50th International Conference with Focus on Audio Education

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations, and related topics impacting all aspects of professional audio education —

— Event will be held July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee —

New York, NY, July 18, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is holding its 50th International Conference, dedicated specifically to audio education, July 25-27, 2013, at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The three-day conference will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, industry relations and related topics that impact the theoretical and practical aspects of professional audio education. The conference will bring together leading educators and professional audio industry representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge that will contribute to improving quality and effectiveness for students and faculty alike. The event will also for the first time include a significant focus on live sound as a component of a pro audio education curriculum, a fact underscored by the event’s keynote address delivered by Bob McCarthy, Director of System Optimization at Meyer Sound.

In recent decades, audio education has expanded significantly worldwide, with many colleges and universities, career institutes, high schools and manufacturers now offering a wide range of courses and training in professional audio. There are practical questions that administrators and faculty face managing audio as a discipline within educational institutions. For example, what skill sets should students develop and what career options can they pursue? What are the practical and financial implications of acquiring, installing and maintaining necessary equipment and infrastructure? How does the popularity of distance learning affect audio education? What role can audio education play in local artistic and economic initiatives and community development?

More than 120 educators and industry representatives from around the world will address these and other questions through a focused series of presentations, papers, workshops, case studies and discussions. The conference results will include a collection of over 30 formal papers, historical documents, survey instruments and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development. In addition, eight workshops and tutorials will focus on topics including pedagogy, curriculum design and instructional resources; internships, employment and career counseling; partnerships with industry and professional organizations, learning outcomes and academic standards, accreditation and program administration. Full program details are posted here.

“AES members who are in academia and industry share a similar passion for strengthening the range and quality of educational resources associated with audio engineering,” states Bill Crabtree, Conference Co-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU. “We expect that this conference will have a lasting and positive effect on pro audio education programs at all types of schools going forward.”

Email This Post Email This Post

Related Topics: News |

XL Events Supplies Live Interactive Video for Retailer’s Meeting and Awards

Working for event management company MEDIAmaker, XL Events recently supplied multi-screen projection, mapping, live interactive elements, camera system and audio systems for a corporate conference and awards ceremony serving 1200 delegates and guests.

The event, held at Telford International Centre, was spread across a total of 6 rooms, as well as being webcast live to an invitation-only microsite which allowed attendees in remote locations to login and view the awards in the evening.

In the primary room the main focus was a twin projector blend using two of XL’s Barco FLM HD20s on to a 13m x 4m screen. The blend was controlled by an Encore unit, also from XL Events, which was programmed and controlled by Charlie Archer.

This screen displayed keynote presentations, awards films and other graphical elements.

Either side of the main screen 2 stacks of flown boxes were mapped with a range of content displayed including IMAG footage from the cameras, a live Twitter feed, the event’s Instagram feed and other special effects and logos.

XL Events mapped and controlled the content on to each box using 3 Pandora’s Box HD media servers, managed by Dan Mulcahy, and the projections were thrown across the room from 4 of XL’s Barco HDF-W26 high brightness projectors.

The camera system consisted of 4 HD camera channels into one of XL’s HD PPUs. These supplied not only the live footage for the boxes, but also the images for the live webcast. XL Events used 6 Grass Valley Turbo units to capture an HD ISO and TX records of the event.

The projection and video systems were managed and controlled by Nigel Griffiths and Justin Beardsall.

Audio in the main room was delivered by a full L’Acoustics Line Array – DV-dosc with Vi4 digital mixing and Adamson on-stage monitoring, also from XL.

An additional plenary room was equipped with a Barco FLM HD20 projector and screen for the presentations, coupled with an L’Acoustics Kiva/Kilo Line Array to deliver the audio.

XL Events’ audio set up for all of the rooms was designed by Alex Mulrenan and engineered by Christian Lewis.

Finally four breakout rooms for the divisional meeting sessions were equipped with Panasonic 12, 10 or 6K projectors and LS9/Q7 audio setups.

XL Events Project Manager, Andy Mayneord, commented: “It was great working for Paul Kennie and the MEDIAmaker team on this event. Whilst there was quite a time challenge to bring everything together – only 1 month from inception to show day – the event planning from Paul and his team made sure everything went smoothly. With so many live elements of the show, including presentations, webcasting and Twitter feed, it’s essential to get everything right first time, and I’d like to thank our crew for pulling together to ensure a first class result!”

HARMAN’s New Crown DriveCore™ Install Series Amplifiers Debut In Denmark’s First Dolby Atmos™ Movie Theater

STRUER, Denmark — The Cinema Apollon in the Danish town of Struer has long been associated with offering moviegoers the latest and best in cinema technology. In 2013 the Cinema Apollon continues its commitment to the cutting edge with the installation of the first Dolby Atmos surround-sound system, powered by the first of HARMAN’s Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifiers in Denmark.

Dolby Atmos is a new surround-sound technology that employs overhead loudspeakers as well as traditional surround speakers to create a remarkably realistic and enveloping sonic environment. Dolby Atmos employs up to 64 loudspeakers to heighten the realism and impact of movie theater sound. The Cinema Apollon is the first to feature the CP850 Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor in one of its theaters.

Danish HARMAN Professional distributor LydRommet Denmark worked hand in hand with Danish theater design firm AVC Kino Digital and Dolby technical staff in London in designing and specifying the system for the 180-seat Dolby Atmos theater. The system had to meet specific Dolby Atmos criteria, including maximum SPL levels for every speaker in the installation. LydRommet Denmark supplied the Crown DCi analog amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers and subwoofers.

The Crown DCi analog amplifiers in the Cinema Apollon include DCi models 8|300, 4|600 and 4|300. The amplifiers power an extensive complement of JBL loudspeakers including JBL ScreenArray® 3732 main speakers and 4642A subwoofers, 42 model 8350 cinema surround speakers and two JBL 4645C subwoofers that provide additional low-frequency reinforcement at the rear of the theater.

The Crown DCi analog amps were specified for their ability to deliver clean, powerful sound from a compact design only 2U rack spaces high, noted Flemming Bjerke of LydRommet. “The Dolby Atmos specification requires 105dB peak SPL at the reference point in the theater, and one of the biggest challenges we had with the system was achieving this spec with enough headroom,” said Bjerke. “DCi is such a high-quality amplifier range that it is a perfect match for Dolby Atmos.”

Bjerke emphasized how exciting it was to work with the experts from AVC and Dolby in creating the first Dolby Atmos system in Denmark, stating, “listening to the final result is a real joy and the Dolby Atmos technology and concept definitely take the experience of going to movie theaters to a much higher level.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

TNDV: Television Picks Up Good Vibrations with HARMAN Studer® Vista 9 Console

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – TNDV: Television is a full-service mobile television broadcast production company with a fleet of four state-of-the-art broadcast trucks. Make that five, as TNDV: Television recently rolled out its “Vibration” truck, specifically designed to meet the needs of audio-intensive TV productions and equipped with a 256-channel HARMAN Studer Vista 9 digital mixing console.

“The audio input counts for TV shows keep getting higher and higher, and it got to the point where we decided to build a truck designed primarily around audio mixing,” said Nic Dugger, President of TNDV: Television. “We’re doing more and more shows where the input count can reach 100 or even more—so we decided to take that number and double it when we started looking for a console for the truck!” In addition to TV, the Vibration truck is used for music festivals, concerts, awards shows, corporate and other events.

Dugger and his staff wanted a console that had “top-of-the-line everything” and could simultaneously deliver a live sound mix and recording feed. After considerable research and hands-on evaluations, TNDV: Television purchased a Studer Vista 9 console and four Studer Stagebox input/output expansion modules, providing a total of 256 input channels. The Vista 9 feeds the truck’s JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors monitors and a recording setup comprising two 128-channel Pro Tools-equipped computer towers.

Vibration is a 53-foot 18-wheeler that is divided into three areas—the mixing room, a client lounge complete with guitars, air conditioning, comfortable couches and a “machine room” where outboard gear, A/V infrastructure and “anything that has fans and makes noise” is located. “We want a comfortable mixing environment without distractions,” Dugger noted, an important consideration for someone who does gigs for days at a time in 90-plus-degree heat. “We built Vibration to feel like and function like a recording studio on wheels.”

A big part of that comfortable feeling is the truck’s Vista 9 console. Dugger and his staff had previous experience with other Studer and Soundcraft consoles and were familiar with their working environment, making the transition to the Vista 9 easier. He noted that while any experienced engineer will expect great sound and quality mic preamps from a console, it’s the unexpected that sets a console apart. In the case of the Vista 9, it’s the console’s software capabilities, control layout and ability for an engineer to configure the console and way he or she wants it.

TNDV: Television does production for a lot of music festivals, and the Vista 9 gives the crew the ability to get a mix for each band at sound check the day before and then instantly recall all the bands’ settings the day of the show. Dugger uses the console in a novel way that saves even more time. “Because we have 256 inputs, we can divide the console into essentially four different 64-input consoles,” he said. “That means that on the day of the show we’re ready to mix four bands in a row without touching a thing. We can be ready to mix the next band before they even set up their drum set.”

In fact, Dugger and his staff have pre-loaded about 20 “snapshots” of how bands typically use a mixing console, and store these templates on a USB drive and use them as a basis for getting a ballpark mix almost instantly. Dugger plans on sharing these stereo and multichannel mixes with other engineers on the Studer website. “We’ve done production for artists like Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn and many others, and time after time their engineers are very impressed by how good everything sounds,” he said.

“If any audio engineer came up with a wish list of what they wanted in a console, I doubt he or she could find anything on the list that the Vista 9 doesn’t provide,” Dugger concluded. “We certainly haven’t!”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

July 2013
M T W T F S S
« Jun   Aug »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication