Archive for November 15th, 2013

The (r)evolution is Here with the Introduction of HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications.

The Original DriveRack PA revolutionized audio for bands all around the world by providing all of the processing you needed between your mixer and amplifiers to optimize and protect your loudspeakers. The DriveRack takes this to a whole new level. A brand new Wizard allows for faster and easier set-up, new AutoEQ and AFS give you professional touring quality room EQ and incredibly accurate Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™), and finally all can now be controlled on the fly with your mobile device or laptop using Ethernet control via an Android®, iOS®, Mac®, or Windows® device. The DriveRack PA2 continues the DriveRack legacy of great-sounding, powerful, and affordable loudspeaker management processors for a whole new generation.

The DriveRack PA2 can be set up and operated from a compatible tablet or smartphone. An all-new Wizard utility makes setup easier and faster than ever, and users have access to a host of configuration menus and on their mobile device, with full-color graphical displays that give ready visual indications of the parameters being adjusted. The DriveRack PA2 can also be operated via its front-panel controls and display.

The DriveRack PA2 provides a comprehensive suite of system tuning and optimization tools. Its improved AutoEQ™ enables automatic and precise equalization of the loudspeakers to the venue in which they’re installed to achieve smoother, more accurate in-room frequency response. A new AFS™ Advanced Feedback Suppression feature automatically finds and dials out any problematic feedback-producing frequencies.

The PA2 offers numerous additional system-tuning and sonic optimization capabilities, including dbx compression, graphic and 8-band parametric EQ, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built-in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems), limiting, loudspeaker time alignment and time delay and many additional features.

“Setting up a PA can be challenging even under the best of circumstances, and with the introduction of the DriveRack PA2, local musicians, weekend warriors, semi-pro players, wedding bands and even established artists and venues now have a remarkably effective tool for getting better live sound than ever before,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour, and Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx DriveRack PA2 will be available in December 2013 at a suggested retail price of $499.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

New Post House Core Post Builds FORscene Into Its Standard Technical Offering

LONDON — Nov. 15, 2013 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, today announced that new post-production house Core Post has incorporated FORscene into its regular workflow to make the post-production process more flexible and efficient, especially for large-scale projects. Founded by industry veterans and former Sumners department heads Tony Greenwood, Matt Brown, and Kate Mather, Core Post opened in October across the road from MediaCityUK and has already attracted clients such as the BBC.

“FORscene gives us a cloud-based platform for working with footage both within the facility and off site, adding flexibility that is vital, especially for large-scale productions with large volumes of media,” said Lucy Swann, facility manager at Core Post. “We wanted a system that would eliminate the need to create DVDs of rushes and would offer clients an easy way to view and work with their rushes — and the associated metadata — all in one place, and FORscene does just that. The second a media file hits our storage, it is already transcoding to the cloud, allowing production personnel to view material sooner than ever before.”

The ability to view and manipulate rushes both inside and outside the facility was a key requirement for Core Post. Producers can log in to FORscene from anywhere to view rushes before the edit starts, which makes for much more efficient edit prep. Uploading the material to FORscene during the ingest process allows producers to view, log, and even edit sequences before arriving in the edit suite. Rough cuts that were created off site can easily be imported into Core Post’s Avid(R) editing environment.

Another key reason Core Post chose FORscene was because of its logging feature. As FORscene is accessible from anywhere, loggers can work on the footage as it is ingested, no matter where they are, thus ensuring clients and staff have immediate access to metadata such as timecode, clip naming, and disk labelling. Core Post has already begun using FORscene for a large BBC production called “Junior Paramedics — Your Life in Their Hands,” which follows a group of paramedic science students at different stages of their course, and the logging feature is particularly helpful on that project.

Core Post also appreciated FORscene’s ability to integrate into Avid Unity(TM), ISIS(R), and EditShare(R) storage environments, making it a versatile option should Core Post make changes to its storage systems within the facility. Another benefit is that, once a project is set up, administration tasks are minimal. Finally, the easy-to-follow user guides on the FORscene YouTube(TM) channel give clients who are new to the platform step-by-step instructions on how to use it.

“As the broadcast and production industry in the North of England grows, so, too, does FORscene’s presence,” said Stephen Streater, Forbidden CEO. “The fact that Core Post has included FORscene in its technical offering from the outset shows that the company recognises the platform’s ability to help it attract more clients, particularly when it comes to high-shoot-ratio projects.”

More information about FORscene is available at www.forscene.co.uk.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/ForbiddenTechnologies/CORE.zip

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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Gentleman Scholar Creates A Whale of A Spot for WDC

Imagine the deep green and peaceful sounds of a foggy rainforest, cut with an unusual sight: the graceful form of an enormous humpback whale, gliding between the trees and erupting through the leafy canopy. These disparate images of nature fuse seamlessly in Safe and Free, an elegant campaign from Gentleman Scholar for Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the leading global nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. This stirring spot, offered to WDC at no charge will be help them to engage others to connect to their mission and encourage support for their numerous educational, research, and outreach programs around the world.




“WDC’s goal is to create a world in which every whale and dolphin is safe and free,” notes WDC Marketing and Outreach Manager Karen Costa. “Gentleman Scholar is helping us spread this message in a whole new way with this stunning depiction of a humpback whale swimming through a serene forest. The imagery is amazing and unforgettable. We hope that it reminds viewers that we’re all interconnected in this great big world and that it is up to us to help protect these massive yet vulnerable creatures.”


The idea to transplant this mighty sea creature into a bucolic forest setting emerged from Gentleman Scholar’s culture of creative experimentation. “Our goal is to be always working on something different, something surprising – to be open to all clients at all times for all ideas, and Safe and Free is yet another example of the sort of thing we are capable of when we throw our resources into it,” states Gentleman Scholar Creative Director William Campbell, whose close encounter with a whale during a recent surfing trip inspired the piece. “By taking the whale out of its cavernous ocean environment, we created this surrealist moment that put these animals’ true size in context, prompting the viewer to think about them in an entirely new way,” adds fellow Creative Director Will Johnson.


Gentleman Scholar’s principal challenge was to transform an abstract concept into something as real as a photograph, a sequence handled with an intricate combination of Nuke, Maya, Adobe Illustrator, Krakatoa and Houdini, harnessed by the half dozen team members dedicated to this project. The team focused on making every detail of the sequence seem as real as possible, from the whale’s path through the trees to the movement of surrounding leaves as the humpback glides past. The final result, with its dreamlike imagery and painstaking attention to physical detail, stands as a stunning tribute to the beauty of the natural world.

Credits:

Client: Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
Spot Title: “Safe and Free”


Production Company: Gentleman Scholar
Creative Directors: Will Johnson & William Campbell
Executive Producer: Lindsay Bodanza
Head of Production: Rachel Kaminek
Senior Producer: Emily Gleicher
Technical Director: Henry Foster


Matte Painter & Designer: James Levy
3D Modeling: Derrick Sesson, Tim Hayward & Tucker Corson
3D Animation: Tyler Mele
Texturing: Tim Hayward
Lighting: Henry Foster
Houdini/FX: Eli Guerron
Compositor: William Campbell & Henry Foster

About WDC:

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (formerly WDCS) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue.


WDC’s North American office is based in Plymouth, MA. WDC staff, volunteers and interns conduct research and work to protect whales from the threats they face. Visit http://www.whales.org to learn more about how you can help as a volunteer, advocate, or donor.

About Gentleman Scholar:

Gentleman Scholar is a group of solution-driven artists situated at the intersection of story, style and technology. Wielding extensive experience in strategy, live-action production, animation, digital and print, we help the world’s leading agencies and




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Oceaneering Showcases REVOLUTION™ Tru-Trackless™ Ride System at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Featuring Alcorn McBride Products

Oceaneering Entertainment Systems (OES) is using Alcorn McBride’s RideTraXX synchronized multi-channel audio player with crossfade, VCore controller and ShowTouch iOS control interface to demo its groundbreaking REVOLUTION Tru-Trackless ride system at IAAPA’s Attractions Expo 2013. IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, will be at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, November 18-22.

OES is known for its cutting-edge development of theme park technologies, including dark ride vehicles, show-action systems and an array of custom solutions. The company’s latest revolutionary innovation is a ride system like none other. REVOLUTION is a “Tru-Trackless” system in which ride vehicles are able to glide around a show space in any direction, stop and turn at will, and provide a full motion base experience for the audience. Vehicles can follow multiple ride paths, have multiple motion profiles, and dispatch from load and unload stations in first available order.

“We chose Alcorn McBride’s RideTraXX as the 5.1 audio playback unit for the REVOLUTION system,” says Matthew Kent, head of creative services at OES. “At IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 we’re also using VCore to trigger some show control specifics. We want to be able to walk up to the vehicle at the show and turn it on or off and access specific elements of the demonstration profile. REVOLUTION is designed to be put into an attraction on a continuous cycle of show control. VCore allows us to create a single motion profile for trade show demonstrations purposes with a Touch iOS interface that Alcorn is providing as well.”

During the demo Kent says OES will deploy RideTraXX for “off-board audio so that it can be heard throughout the booth rather than from within the ride, since we won’t have people in the vehicle, however it will be operational and controllable via the touchscreen.”

OES turned to Alcorn McBride for the REVOLUTION demo as a tried-and-true solutions provider. “Alcorn was already the provider of the audio system we chose for this product for all of our customers,” says Kent. “RideTraXX is versatile and offers all the inputs and outputs that we require, and it’s very easy to maintain and use. The Compact Flash card interface makes it simple to change show audio media on the fly.”

The REVOLUTION vehicle system may be used not only for passenger ride systems but also for other entertainment applications, such as moveable scenic, animation or show-action platforms.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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