Press Releases For : April 10, 2014

HEAVY MELODY MUSIC PRAISES THE BOX® BY API AN “ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR COMPOSERS”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2014: Located in the heart of Manhattan, Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media – a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a wide range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses THE BOX®, the latest recording and mixing innovation from API.

Heavy Melody was founded in 2003 by Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg as a new music and sound design company focusing on video game audio and music for advertising. Today, the team focuses on original music for motion picture advertising and video game trailers. “As soon as the release of THE BOX was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We HAD to get them,” recalls Neil. “We saw THE BOX as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”

The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s “DM-307” virtual instrument was done through THE BOX, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Neil. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through THE BOX produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”

The group isn’t a stranger to API, and has used the brand’s microphone pre’s for previous projects. Among the studio’s favorite feature on THE BOX is the Talkback system. “THE BOX has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Neil. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a sixteen-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”

“It has a great bottom end,” shares partner, composer, and sound designer Ari Winters. “The sound that comes out is punchy, yet transparent. With sixteen channels, you get a ton of headroom, that comes together nicely with the on-board compressor.”

While compact in size compared to a larger format studio console, THE BOX is capable of seeing projects through from start to finish, which is something Ari appreciates. “It’s an all-in-one solution for us as composers. It allows us to have multiple computers linked together, spitting out a ton of stems at very high output levels. Also, we now have the ability to monitor and record live microphones without ‘in the box’ latency.”

Co-Founder Dave Fraser sums it up easily, “What can we say, THE BOX is a beast.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) IMAGE 1: The crew at Heavy Melody from left to right: Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg, and Dave Fraser. IMAGE 2: Co-Founder/Composer/Sound Designer Dave Fraser’s room.

Press Releases For : April 9, 2014

DSLR Video Guru Barry Andersson Relies on Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone for Authenticity of Sound, Ease of Set up and Reliability

Author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and Instructor of DSLR Dynamics Two-Day Masterclass Says Audio is ‘Mission Critical’

Old Lyme, CT – April 9, 2014 — As the video industry continues to experience unprecedented growth following the advent of DSLRs and the explosion of mobile devices, there has been a massive increase not just in the amount of video consumers, but also video content creators. Barry Andersson, author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real World Production Techniques and instructor of DSLR Dynamics’ two-day masterclass on video production, is helping thousands of aspiring filmmakers become intimately familiar with the tools they need to create professional looking — and sounding — DSLR-based videos. Andersson depends on his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone to deliver consistently reliable and authentic sounding results.

Sennheiser spoke to Andersson, who just completed his nationwide filmmaking masterclass and who is currently in the midst of scheduling another multi-city instruction tour for later this year, about DSLR video technique and the importance of capturing authentic sounding audio.

What kind of audience is drawn to your classes?

They come from all over the spectrum. I would say that 50 percent of them consider themselves professionals. Even among professionals, there are many people that need to catch up their knowledge base. If you are coming from photography, DSLR video is new. If you’re coming from traditional video cameras, DSLR video is new. If you haven’t done video before, of course it’s new. My classes comprise a mix of beginners and advanced skill levels, but there are always gaps that I can help people address. I want to help them get good quality images and sound with the least amount of pain so they can actually work on the creative side instead of constantly worrying about the tech.

What is the most important takeaway in your classes?

I want people to enjoy it. Sometimes people look at making video as very complex. Video and filmmaking used to be a specialized field, but this is no longer the case. Very often, one person does everything — the video, the audio, the lighting, the interviewing. I think people get overwhelmed and it can take joy out of doing it. I like to make them comfortable with their tools, so when they go out, they actually want to be shooting again. There will always be the lens, the sensor, the lighting and the sound. If you master these elements, you have the skill set to be creative no matter where you are or what platform you are on.

What role does sound play in capturing DSLR video?

I think capturing good sound is mission critical, and this is probably the most requested topic among my students. In my experience, people will watch something that looks horrible and sounds good much longer than if they watch something that looks beautiful and sounds terrible. I want my students to understand that capturing great audio doesn’t have to be complicated. I want them to listen to it and say, “Ah, that’s what it should sound like.” It is at that point where we can begin talking about the art of sound.

What do you think of the Sennheiser MKE 600 as a production tool?

The first thing that struck me about the MKE 600 is just how small it is. I am telling my students more and more to carry the least amount of stuff possible, to stay small, light and nimble. The MKE 600 is very small but the audio quality is exceptional. Also, the build quality is very solid – you don’t have to worry about pieces snapping off. All of my equipment has to be able to withstand being dragged up and down stairs, packed and repacked. And in this regard, the MKE 600 is unsurpassed.

Can you describe the audio quality of the MKE 600?

Sure. In videos, 90 percent of the time, people are capturing the human voice on their videos and then pushing them out to the web. With a microphone like an MKE 600, you are golden. I just finished 22 interviews over the course of a week and my MKE 600 was on the camera the whole time. It renders the human voice in an authentic and natural tone, and sounds good in little rooms or big rooms. There is no extra noise or anything that feels like it shouldn’t be there. It just sounds natural and clear. With the MKE 600, Sennheiser is bringing high-end audio out to the masses — this is really exciting.

Are there any other features on the MKE 600 that you find useful?

Yes, the low-cut filter. We were shooting in a large room where we had some low rumble noise — there was a closet that had this loud piece of gear inside and we couldn’t get in there to shut it off. Then we switched the low cut filter on the MKE 600, and it was gone — just like magic. This is incredibly helpful because I know if I record the audio right, I don’t have to mess with it later. I tell my students that there are many tools you can work with in post production, but if you can get it sounding right at the source you can save so much time. And we all know time is money.

What about the durability of the MKE 600?

As soon as I picked up the MKE 600, I sensed that Sennheiser had put a lot of time and effort into the build. This is so important because many of us in this industry are ‘one man band’ operations. We are all moving so fast from place to place, and there is so much wear and tear. If the build quality isn’t there in a product, or if there are these little plastic parts that can break, you are just opening yourself up to problems on already really tight production schedules.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets 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, Conn. 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Barry Andersson on a shoot with his Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
2) The Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone.
3) Barry Andersson at work in his studio.

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Sennheiser Mentorship Program Catapults Former Audio Student Zachary Templin into the Big Time With HBO Pay-Per-View

Templin Serves as A2 in HBO Pay-Per-View’s First Boxing Event Outside the U.S.

Las Vegas, April 9, 2014 – Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the founder of audio specialist Sennheiser [NAB booth C3217] would often say, “Luck is chance plus preparation.” Since 2009, the company’s Student Mentorship Program has been providing audio students real-world preparation to become audio professionals in the sports broadcasting industry, working in collaboration with top broadcast networks such as HBO and Fox Sports.

Zachary Templin, who participated in Sennheiser’s Student Mentorship Program in 2012, recently got a chance to apply the knowledge he acquired as a participant in the program, having been hired by HBO to be lead RF coordinator on its first Pay-Per-View boxing match broadcast from outside the U.S. Templin, who already had three major national broadcast events under his belt under, one of them in the Mentorship Program, was recruited as an understudy to lead RF A2 Lloyd Jacobsen, who was not able to attend due to an emergency just six days before the crew was set to broadcast the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match from Macau, China.

“Zach’s situation represents the perfect scenario of the Sennheiser mentorship program,” commented Jason Cohen, director, sports production at HBO. “This is a young man who started with us in September of last year and quickly immersed himself into the audio team. Almost instantaneously, he became a person we wanted to use in a freelance capacity in an A2 role.”

Templin’s chance to lead as RF coordinator for the Pay-Per-View bout in China came about partly through being at the right place at the right time, but mostly by his being prepared. While shadowing lead RF A2 Jacobsen during the Ward-Rodruiguez bout at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. on November 16th, Zach was asked to be an emergency fill-in for the event in China. “Not only did Zach finish the entire show by himself, but two days later, my lead engineer was supposed to fly to an island off of Hong Kong, Macau, to handle HBO’s first ever international PPV telecast.”

“When my lead RF A2 couldn’t do it, my options were either to cold call freelancers who may or may not know our show, or asking Zach, who just spent the past month working with Lloyd on the RF system, “When I asked Zach how well he knew the system, he said ‘I know it, I can do it.’ He had absolutely no hesitation or pause, and his response was so convincing that I knew he was ready.” Cohen then asked him to fly home to pick up his passport and his bag, and he was in Hong Kong six days later.

For the Macau production, HBO’s mission was to recreate a ‘Las Vegas’ style Pay-Per-View event, maintaining a similar standard of quality the company has firmly established in its domestic broadcasts. This required shipping a flypack setup with over 200 cases of equipment and overcoming other logistical hurdles such as working on off-hours in a foreign country alongside a mostly non-English speaking production crew.

“To achieve a smooth and seamless production, we turned to our friends at Bexel and they sent a Hercules Fly Pack, an elite production system that provided all the flexibility we needed,” said Cohen. “It was the most beautiful, pristine flypack I’ve ever seen and our team was blown away by its firepower and overall monster size.”

Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing, worked closely with Zach throughout his participation in the Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program, which included many HBO productions including the Pacquiao-Rios bout in Macau. “He just performed wonderfully,” says Flick. “It is a really big deal moving this production outside of the U.S. and the engineering team knocked it out of the park.” As lead A2 RF coordinator, some of Templin’s responsibilities included coordinating frequencies on the RF software program, ensuring RF beltpacks and wireless microphones are operational and assembling RF antennas.

Lloyd Jacobsen has nothing but accolades for Templin: “I had done all the prep work for China, but I couldn’t go due to a last minute emergency,” he said. “Zach just went in my place and just tore it up. What he was able to pull off was very impressive. Having a few shows under his belt leading up to that was key.”

The Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program has proven to be a win-win for not only for students and top broadcast networks, but also for the larger broadcast industry as a whole. “We want to make sure that the new people coming into our shows have the required knowledge, and the only way they can learn is by doing. Our partnership with Sennheiser has been a great and they have provided many capable mentoring students,” observes Randy Flick. Jason Cohen agrees: “The program gives my guys a chance to reach out to this community of younger talent and offer them opportunities that many others didn’t have when coming into this industry. At the same time we are able to build a pool of talent that we can rely on with young men who are eager to learn.”

For Zach Templin, the program has offered a depth of experience that he would not have otherwise been able to acquire: “It’s not experience you can get locally, because these are major national, and sometimes worldwide broadcasts that only happen a few times a year. There is no other mentorship program that I know of that gets you into the thick of things on such a large scale.”

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, Conn. 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. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match was broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View from Macau, China in November, 2013.
2) Former Sennheiser Student Mentorship Program participant Zach Templin served as Lead RF A2 during HBO’s first Pay-Per-View boxing event broadcast outside the U.S.
3) Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing.
4) The audio team shares a moment at the Pacquiao vs. Rios boxing match, broadcast from Macau, China in November, 2013.

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New Documentary by DNA Director Nigel Dick Makes its Premiere at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

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One of the star directors at live-action production company DNA, Nigel Dick, is hitting the festival scene this week with his latest independent documentary, “Berlin Calling.” The film is an emotionally-riveting story of Kastle Waserman, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, as she pulls back the suburban veil to uncover the chilling secrets of her father’s life as a Jewish man in WWII Germany.


Serving as the film’s world premiere, “Berlin Calling” will screen at 7:00 PM on April 10th at the 47th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Houston is coincidentally the home of the film’s subject, Ben Waserman, and where his daughter was raised.


“This week’s premiere represents an exciting finale for a film shot over a period of seven years and in four countries,” notes Dick. “Kastle and I took on this project entirely on our own without any exterior funding or assistance. It’s a small film that takes on a huge subject, and we’re immensely proud of it.”


Growing up in suburban Texas, Kastle rarely heard of her father’s past. It wasn’t until she entered her teens and developed an interest for a punk rock lifestyle that something triggered in her father, bringing forth his deepest fears of persecution and the consequences of being marked as “different.”


As an adult, Kastle began to unearth the story behind these fears. Interspersed with her father’s detailed descriptions of his time in a concentration camp and historical context of the dawn of WWII, the film travels alongside our main character as her research takes her across the globe from Houston and Los Angeles to Berlin, Prague and Paris. Along the way, she opens the very file that the Nazis kept on her family and she has a surprising revelation: the fate of a family member who disappeared in the early days of persecution.


Born in England and based in Los Angeles, Nigel Dick is a highly-regarded film director, musician and writer who has directed more than 340 music videos and 17 documentaries and feature film projects, many of which were in collaboration with DNA. His work includes videos for artists like Guns n’ Roses, Oasis and Britney Spears, and for brands like Bud Light, Sierra Mist and Target.


“Berlin Calling” is also nominated to receive the prestigious REMI award. Winners will be announced at the festival during an awards gala on April 12th.

Credits

Director: Nigel Dick (Commercial Representation: DNA)
Producer: Nigel Dick
Writers: Nigel Dick & Kastle Waserman
Camera: D.P. Quickly
Editor: Eddi Ackit
Music & Narration: Nigel Dick
Production Manager (Berlin): Julia Kaczmarek
Production Manager (Prague): Filip Hejduk
Post Production Mixer: Jay Shilliday, Slate Run Productions
Editorial Assistance: Bruce Ochmanek

About DNA:

David Naylor and Associates have set the standard in both the music video and commercial production arenas, forging one of the most innovative production houses in the entertainment world.


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NAB 2014 NEWS: MTI Film to New 64-bit Restoration Software DRS™Nova

Successor to MTI Film’s industry standard Correct DRS™ software, the new product represents the next step forward in digital restoration.

HOLLYWOOD—At NAB 2014, MTI Film will introduce DRS™Nova, a new digital restoration software that is the successor to Correct DRS™, which has served as the industry’s standard for digital film restoration for more than 20 years. DRS™Nova represents a new milestone in digital film restoration, combining native 64-bit processing, resolution independence and a file-based architecture to deliver a leap forward in performance, flexibility and power.

DRS™Nova provides all of the features of Correct DRS™, including its tools for noise and grain removal, paint, flicker correction and general defect repairs. It also offers improved tools for scratch removal, de-warping, image stabilization and 3 layer registration. New features include tools for managing projects more efficiently and for sharing and tracking comments. more…

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Auralex® Supports Vintage King Audio Nashville and Carl Tatz Design™ at TEC Award Toast

— Auralex® President and Co-Founder Eric Smith was on hand along with other Auralex personnel to toast Vintage King’s recent TEC Award win for their innovative MixRoom™ —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 3, 2014 – On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Vintage King Audio Nashville hosted an event to celebrate its recent TEC Award win with a champagne toast and keynote event. The award was initially presented in January at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, recognizing the Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™ for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. The room employs the Carl Tatz Design™ (CTD™) MixRoom concept, which pairs a CTD PhantomFocus™ System with the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustical treatment from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.

On hand for the March 20th toast and keynote event were Eric Smith, President and Co-Founder of Auralex, accompanied by other members of Auralex’s management and sales team. Also in attendance were the following individuals: Mike Nehra, Vintage King Co-Founder; Chad Evans, Vintage King National Sales Rep; CTD Founder Carl Tatz; Todd Beeten, Sound Construction and Supply CEO; Mike Rhodes, SkinnyFish Studio Services owner; and a standing-room only crowd of some of Nashville’s top audio professionals.

Chad Evans addressed all assembled, recalling in detail the development of the Vintage King Nashville MixRoom and its significance as part of the larger Vintage King story. This room is the only facility of its kind in the world – a combination of a sales floor, an equipment demo room, and a working control/mixing room.

Eric Smith stated, “We are honored to be a part of the Vintage King MixRoom and this great celebration. Our ongoing relationship with Carl Tatz Design and Vintage King have fostered a spirit of teamwork and innovation, and thanks to the hard work of all involved, the result has been recognized by our peers at the TEC Awards. And we always love assembling with Nashville’s top engineers and audio minds and bonding over a drink to a job well done! A great experience from start to finish.”

“This was definitely a team effort among Auralex, Carl Tatz, Sound Construction and Vintage King,” stated Vintage King Audio’s Founder, Mike Nehra. “Everyone’s collaborative vision is what makes the Vintage King Nashville Control Room so special and sound so good. We took great care in properly tuning the room to accommodate a wide range of monitors and gear. When you walk into the room you sometimes forget that you are actually standing in a retail location.”

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

Photo Caption 1: Personnel from Auralex Acoustics, Vintage King Audio Nashville, Carl Tatz Design, Sound Construction and Supply, SkinnyFish Studio Services and others gather at Vintage King Nashville for a champagne toast and keynote event celebrating Vintage King Nashville’s recent TEC Award win.

Photo Caption 2: Pictured L-R: Mike Rhodes, SkinnyFish Studio Services owner; Eric Smith, President and Co-Founder of Auralex; Mike Nehra, Vintage King Audio Founder; Carl Tatz, Founder of Carl Tatz Design; Todd Beeten, Sound Construction and Supply CEO; and Chad Evans, Vintage King National Sales Rep.

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