Press Releases For : April 10, 2014

Waves Audio Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Now Available

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 9, 2014 —Waves Audio announces the availability of Vitamin Sonic Enhancer, a multiband harmonic enhancer and tone-shaping plugin that can make any track sound powerful and full of spark by mixing an enriched version with the original signal. With its zero-latency processing, Vitamin caters to studio and live mix engineers alike. Used as an insert on any track or bus, Vitamin instantly delivers a warm, vital result that is comparable to what users would get from a parallel chain of EQ, compression and saturation processors, but without the hassle.

Vitamin’s controls are intuitive, easy to use and immediately responsive, letting users smooth or accentuate punchiness and dynamics, determine the crossover frequency points between the plugin’s five bands, and control the mix of the direct signal with its enhanced version. To top it all off, when Vitamin is in stereo mode, each band has a width control that lets users create wider sound images or make room for a vocal right in front of the mix – a great tool for mastering.

No matter what it is used on, Vitamin opens up the sound in a way that complements and enhances all mixes, ensuring they get all the nutrients they need.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Features:

Parallel multiband harmonic enhancer with five individual bands
Control over the crossover frequency points between bands
Control over the mix of the direct signal with the enhanced version
Per-band stereo width control
Punch control for smoothing or accentuating punchiness and dynamics
Zero-latency processing

Vitamin is available separately as well as in the following bundles: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Mercury, Prelude, Essentials, Pro Show, and SD7 Pro Show. Owners of these bundles with current Waves Update Plan coverage can update the bundles and receive Vitamin at no additional cost.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $200 (Native) or $300 (SoundGrid) and a special introductory price of $99 (Native) or $149 (SoundGrid). Visit http://www.waves.com/plugins/vitamin for more information. Product video: http://youtu.be/VRWWPPnGGOQ.

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HARMAN’s AKG Enters the Aviation Market with Introduction of AV100 Headset

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – At AERO Friedrichshafen 2014, HARMAN’s AKG announced it is expanding into a new market with the introduction of its AV100 aviation headset, the company’s first headset designed for general aviation pilots. The AV100 utilizes proprietary hybrid noise-reduction technology to block cockpit noise and offers features specifically designed for aviation use. The AV100 was developed in collaboration with pilot Hannes Arch, a member of the Red Bull Air Race Team and Red Bull Air Race World Series champion.

“When AKG approached me to collaborate on their first aviation headset, I was totally confident that we could create the best product of its kind,” said Arch. “By combining my piloting experience with AKG’s more than 65 years of experience in acoustical design, I am confident we have set a new standard for aviation headsets.”

The AKG AV100 employs exclusive AKG-developed hybrid active noise-cancelling technology and signal processing that is calibrated to most effectively attenuate the specific frequencies heard within an airplane. The addition of a superior audio reproduction system creates the most enjoyable and relaxing listening environment within today’s market. The AV100 incorporates top-quality drivers and electronics to deliver clear, intelligible speech and music reproduction. It has a built-in microphone and boom that can be mounted on either the left or right side of the headset. The windscreen is washable, replaceable and a spare is included in the premium carrying bag.

The AV100 offers a number of additional aviation-centric features. It has built-in LED map lights on each ear cup that provide illumination during night flights or added visibility in cockpits with dim lighting. Its cable-mounted control unit offers Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX input enabling wireless or wired interfacing with navigation devices, tablet PCs, phones or other devices. An adjustable automatic input switch lets the wearer set his or her audio preferences so that intercom messages take precedence over other channels if so desired. The headset has a 6-pin LEMO connector and a standard dual-plug adapter is included. The AV100’s large padded ear cups and headband ensure lasting comfort even during long flights.

The AKG AV100 comes with a premium carry bag with enough spare space for sunglasses, navigation devices, a tablet device and more.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Hitachi Unveils CP-WU13K DLP Projector

CHULA VISTA, California, April 10, 2014 – Delivering a high-performance, 3G SDI-ready projector with a dynamic feature set and broadcast capability, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing its Professional Series CP-WU13K DLP projector. The Hitachi CP-WU13K projector offers 13,000 lumens brightness plus advanced functionality and flexible installation features, making it ideal for large auditoriums, broadcast applications, conference rooms, museums, and concert or stage productions.

The CP-WU13K is 3D-ready, incorporates four digital inputs for added versatility and broadcast capability, plus a high-performance filter reducing dust sticking to critical components. For even greater image quality, the CP-WU13K features 3-chip DLP technology and is equipped with 3G SDI. A standard in the broadcast industry, 3G SDI can transfer 1080p signal via coaxial cable.

The CP-WU13K offers DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode, which projects grayscale images to approximate DICOM Part 14 specifications. This mode is ideal for viewing grayscale medical images, such as X-rays, for training and educational purposes. The CPWU13K is also equipped with edge-blending functionality, which achieves the seamless projection of one image using multiple projectors. A specialized application also offers geometric correction, making projection possible on spherical surfaces and surfaces with corners, as well as conventional flat screens.

The CP-WU13K features motorized zoom, focus and lens shift control allow for a greater range of installation possibilities, enabling users to make fine adjustments via remote control or an RS232/IP device. In addition, six optional lenses are available with the CP-WU13K for even greater versatility.

With Hitachi’s Picture by Picture function, content from two sources can be displayed simultaneously, side by side on one screen. Any two sources can be used, including two HDMI sources, with both images sharing equal screen size. This is ideal for teleconferencing applications. Meanwhile, Hitachi’s Picture in Picture function enables users to display one image inside another image using any two sources. The CP-WU13K also features Hitachi’s Perfect Fit 2 image adjustment system, which corrects for any geometric image distortion and precisely fits the images to the screen or tabletop.

The CP-WU13K is equipped with a highly reliable dual lamp system, meaning if one lamp stops functioning during use, the second lamp activates and projects the image with no interruption in the projection. In addition, 24 hours of continuous operation is available with the Alternative Mode, which alternates the use of the two lamps. Embedded networking technology offers the ability to manage and control multiple projectors over a LAN connection. Also, Hitachi’s PJMessenger function allows text messages and audio alerts to be sent on all networked projectors throughout an entire campus or facility.

The CP-WU13K is backed by a 3-year warranty and Hitachi’s world-class service and support programs.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors Prove “Pitch Perfect” for Music Mixer Joseph Magee

NORTHRIDGE, California — Music mixer Joseph Magee, whose impressive credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Pitch Perfect, High Fidelity, Into the Wild, The Muppets, Spider-man 3 and many more, is currently on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mixing music for the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. For this music-heavy project, Magee is putting HARMAN’s JBL Professional flagship large-format M2 Master Reference Monitors to the test. Recently signed by Hollywood’s TODD-SOUNDELUX, where he is responsible for the company’s expanding music services, Magee chose the M2 system for projects at TODD-SOUNDELUX’s Hollywood facility. For Pitch Perfect 2, Magee transported his JBL M2 monitors along with a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors to Baton Rouge, where the film is in production. The music recording studio for the project was built specifically for the film in an existing 4-story warehouse structure.

With the objective of recording 95 percent of all the on-camera a cappella performances in a new, untested studio environment, Magee relies on the M2’s ability to provide exceptional performance in any production environment. “I’ve been using the M2 monitors in my music dub room at TODD-SOUNDELUX and I’m now getting accustomed to using them on the road,” Magee said. “I think a lot of people perceive the M2’s as monitors that are meant to be permanently installed in a control room, tuned to the room and then left alone. But the reality is these loudspeakers sound great out of the box, so taking them to Baton Rouge was an easy decision.” With the dynamic range needed for film production yet with a footprint of only 20 feet wide by 14 feet deep, the M2 is finding its way into smaller rooms where traditional cinema speakers are prohibitive. With included room EQ, the M2 system can deliver accurate response in any mix environment.

Having used other large-format studio monitors, in Magee’s opinion, JBL’s patented-pending Image Control Waveguide, coupled with JBL’s patented low-distortion D2 high-frequency driver sets the M2 apart from the pack. “The waveguide is so darn fast, I’m hearing things I haven’t heard before in my mixes and I’m hearing things differently—in a good way,” he said. “At the TODD-SOUNDELUX facilities, all the engineers who have come through have been shocked at how authoritative these M2 loudspeakers are and they’ve been amazed at the clarity of the system.”

In addition to the M2 system, Magee uses a pair of JBL’s powered 3 Series LSR308 studio monitors as his near-field listening system. In a portable, “bookshelf”-size format, and available at an entry-level price, the 3 Series studio monitors share the Image Control Waveguide technology developed for the M2 to provide detailed imaging. “In all honesty, when I was first auditioning the M2 system at TODD-SOUNDELUX, I didn’t fully understand what I was working with,” Magee noted. “But then I worked with the 308 monitors at home and it all clicked for me. I simply wasn’t used to the imaging and level of detail these speakers provide.”

To further meet Magee’s needs, JBL custom-designed a panel in its HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software that enables Magee to quickly create a simple, 4-band Room EQ in the DSP of the Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers being used to power the system.

Looking towards the future, Magee sees no boundaries for the M2. “I envision a lot of opportunities for different applications with the M2,” he said.

For more information on Joseph Magee, please visit his IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0535848/

For more information on TODD-SOUNDELUX, please visit www.toddsoundelux.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

iGAD Productions Chooses Raptor Lightware HDMI Matrix Router for Exactech Exhibit

xactech exhibit at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery’s (AAOS) 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans.

Exactech is a fast-growing global innovator of bone and joint restoration products. The AAOS marked the introduction of ExactechGPS Guided Personalized Surgery, the first advanced surgical technology to provide a realtime, patient-specific solution in total knee arthroplasty. The cornerstone of Exactech’s exhibit was a surgical skills demo area that allowed surgeons to gain hands-on experience with ExactechGPS.

Grant Gaddis of iGAD Productions, an AV rental house based in Snellville, Georgia, was introduced to HRS Control at an earlier trade show where he found the UDC technology to be “really cool.” He remembered it when he was tasked with meeting the needs of Exactech’s AAOS exhibit.

“It’s the first time I’ve rolled out Raptor on a show,” he says. “It was great for the client and great for me to have such a user-friendly set up in one workstation.”

The Exactech exhibit featured two 55-inch monitors on the show floor and four 40-inch monitors on a front truss all positioned in a corner of the booth. The Lightware HDMI router’s four inputs were from the Exactech computer system, which showed what the surgical instruments were doing; a live camera feed; an animated demo video; and a general marketing video. The Raptor, which provided end user control of switching the Lightware HDMI router and monitors, interface was an Apple iPad customized for Exactech by iGAD using the UDC Software from HRS Control.

“The iPad screen had the company logo on it and five dummy-proof buttons that turned green when selected,” says Gaddis. “The button options were a full demo; a limited demo; stand-by mode for in-between shows, a ticker, and the marketing video and animation.”

Presenters had mics to talk about the ExactechGPS process and benefits. Thirty to 60 surgeon attendees gathered to watch each demo. “When there was a full demo, the demonstrator switched one big monitor on the GPS product and one on the camera feed,” says Gaddis. “We staggered the other monitors with the same two feeds. The presenter, armed with the iPad, could also do short, impromptu demos for attendees configuring them for one monitor while the rest of the monitors showed other feeds. Or they could press a button to switch all six monitors to show the animated surgery video or the marketing video.”

Gaddis reports that the programming interface was “great – very graphic and command-driven. I really liked the number of preprogrammed command sets. We could network in other display and switching devices, gather it all onto a control server and have all the control from a laptop and iPad.”

Gaddis saved time on site by doing all the programming at the iGAD Productions office. “We came to the show and everything worked. It was great, very solid.”

For the Exactech exhibit he also deployed a Lightware 8×8 HDMI matrix router; Lightware U.S.A., a sister company of HRS Control, is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“It was bullet-proof,” Gaddis says. “All the command sets for it are already built into the Raptor and UDC Software. I could just go to a dropdown menu in the Raptor software, pick the router input and output for the macro. No coding had to be done.”

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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.

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(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.

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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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