Archive for July, 2008
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 2008: June 27th saw a wide range of high-profile artists such as Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, the Sugababes and Will Smith assemble in London’s Hyde Park for a concert to mark the 90th birthday of the former president of South Africa – and global icon – Nelson Mandela. And with Sennheiser on hand to continue its tradition of supplying microphones, wireless monitoring systems and full technical support, both the artists and the huge audience were assured of enjoying every vocal nuance.
Organized by 46664, Nelson Mandela’s global HIV AIDS awareness campaign, the concert was a celebration of Mr. Mandela’s 90th year and marked the 20th anniversary of the Free Nelson Mandela concert staged at Wembley in 1988. The concert also raised funds for his 46664 campaign to fight HIV and AIDS worldwide. This was the fifth 46664 concert that Sennheiser has supported, continuing a long-standing relationship with the charity.
Working in association with the event’s audio production company, Britannia Row, Sennheiser not only supplied equipment but also a high-profile technical team to the event, including Mark Saunders (UK Artists Relations Manager), Dave Hawker (UK Technical Director) and Sam Davison (UK Service Manager).
Sennheiser equipment supplied throughout the event included ew 300 G2 wireless monitoring systems, SKM 5200/EM 3532 wireless microphone and receiver systems, SKM 935/EM 550 wireless mic and receiver systems, evolution series wired microphones and Neumann wired microphones.
With such a large event and range of artists, working out the radio frequencies for both vocal mics and monitoring was a potential minefield. However, Sennheiser’s experience at these events, and its close working relationship with Britannia Row, ensured that no problems occurred.
“Having worked alongside Britannia Row on previous large-scale events such as Live 8, Live Earth and the previous four Mandela 46664 concerts, we employed a tried and tested set-up,” says Dave Hawker. “This allowed a seamless RF system that covered all the potential problems encountered with a large stage area, combined with an ever-changing bill of artists.”
“The event also allowed a coordinated working partnership between Sennheiser, Britannia Row and radio licensing company JFMG, who allowed greater control over parts of the radio spectrum, meaning that the event frequency planning was easier to calculate and manage.”
Several regular Sennheiser users performed at the show, including Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis and the Sugababes. All of the ‘visiting’ vocalists who performed with the show’s house band – including Amy Winehouse and Jamelia – used either e 935 wired or SKM 935 wireless vocal microphones.
A number of top performers, including Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Will Smith, Geri Halliwell and various presenters, used Sennheiser’s latest wireless transmitter, the SKM 5200, which combines the best elements of the SKM 5000 N, including use of the Neumann KK 105 S capsule, with redesigned mechanics, electronics and user interface to fulfill the most demanding requirements of prestigious live events.
“For a singer of Leona’s style, the SKM 5200 provides the perfect balance. The mic captures ever nuance of her voice and the wireless system transmits it perfectly without losing anything,” says Lewis’s front-of-house engineer Dave Wooster. “I really like Sennheiser’s mics. The Neumann capsule is the most forgiving with ambient noise, it really makes a difference because the signal I am dealing with at FOH sounds exactly as it should. It’s like being in a studio – you hear everything that she does.”
“For me there is no better option on the market. From her voice through the capsule, through the conversion and back again, it’s the best. I have carte blanche to use whatever I want for Leona’s vocal mic and the SKM 5200 is what I choose.”
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.
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(PHOTO CAPTION) Singer Annie Lennox (left) performed during the 46664 concert in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London. The three-hour gig supported Mandela’s 46664 campaign against HIV/AIDS. (PHOTO CREDIT: Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN â€” Auralex Acoustics, the leader in sound control solutions, recently scored an A+ from Chicagoâ€™s Flashpoint Academy when the company outfitted the Collegeâ€™s new Recording Arts Suites with its best-selling acoustical treatment products. more
Demonstrating the time-proven performance of JBL loudspeakers across product lines for even the most demanding house of worship environments, Westbury National Show Systems installed JBL loudspeaker systems at the Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church as well as the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, both located in Ontario, Canada. The installation at Richmond Hill was part of an extension to the existing facility, with the addition of a 1,600-seat worship sanctuary, while the installation at Scarborough was part of a brand-new, uniquely designed church with a sanctuary capacity of 1,000 people.
The Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church features a main PA system that includes a center cluster of three JBL PD5322/43 loudspeakers, which are hung above the main stage area and include a JBL PD5322/64 loudspeaker on each side. Westbury also installed two JBL VPSB7118 subwoofers in the stage. There are eight AC2212/64 loudspeakers installed in the over balcony area and eight MS28 loudspeakers installed in the under balcony area. The system is complimented with a choir fill system containing three JBL AC2212 loudspeakers that are located behind the main center cluster.
The driving forces behind this extensive JBL system are Crown CTs series amplifiers. Three CTs2000 amplifiers are driving the high fills while five CTs3000 amplifiers are driving low fills. Four Crown CTs1200 amplifiers drive each of the over- and under-balcony loudspeakers respectively. Two CTs6000 amps power the high fills for the choir and two CTs1200 amps power the low fill. The audio distribution is done from the front of house console through four BSS Soundweb BLU 80â€™s and three BLU 32â€™s.
David VanVeldhuisen, CTS, project manager of Westbury National Show Systems, states, â€œThe PD Series loudspeaker is a great product and the Crown amps were a great match. We get very good quality of sound from PD series loudspeakers and theyâ€™re easy to install.â€?
One of the main challenges faced in the design of the sanctuary was its circular shape. VanVeldhuisen continues by stating, â€œItâ€™s a unique church in that itâ€™s a circular. Thereâ€™s a point of origin at the stage and it spreads out in a circular fashion from there.â€?
The brand-new Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church is a uniquely designed church with a long stage and four seating sections that accommodate a total of 1,000 people. Westbury National Show Systems installed an audio system featuring a left/right setup containing two JBL VP7315/64 loudspeakers and one VP7215/95 loudspeaker on each side. Each cluster also includes one VP7212/64 for stage fill and two SB7118 subwoofers that is hung from the ceiling.
The Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church also features six JBL EON10 loudspeakers as stage monitors, while the lobby area and the nursery include JBL Control 26CT loudspeakers and two EON10 stage monitors. Westbury also installed a BSS Soundweb BLU 80 and BLU 32 system for DSP functions. A Crown CTS600 drives the lobby. The chapel has two AC2212/64 speakers, two EON10 stage monitors and a Crown
According to VanVeldhuisen, the installation at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church was a success. â€œThe church loves the sound, we achieved great coverage from the system,â€? he said. â€œThe onboard power of the VP Series made the project much more convenient, because we had limited space for racks. It greatly simplifies the installation process and itâ€™s a nice box thatâ€™s easy to address.â€?
For more information on Westbury National Show Systems, please visit www.westbury.com.
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Demonstrating the weather durability and output capability of JBL Professionalâ€™s Precision Directivity (PD) Series and Application Engineered (AE) Series loudspeakers, systems integrator C.V. Lloyde Music Center utilized WRX weather resistant versions of these speakers in a new scoreboard loudspeaker system at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium. Home to the University of Illinois football team, Memorial Stadium now holds more than 65,000 fans after renovations over the past few years.
With the goal of providing a high-impact loudspeaker system to augment the existing sound system, C.V. Lloyde Music Center chose JBL loudspeakers for their weather-resistant durability and sonic accuracy. â€œWe have used JBL loudspeakers for more than 12 years and have always been impressed with their weatherproofing,â€? said C.V. Lloyde. â€œThe loudspeakers also needed to be aesthetically discreet and not visually interfere with the scoreboard itself. Plus, I felt comfortable installing JBL speakers above the main scoreboard at Memorial Stadium, which is such a vulnerable position because of the weather.â€?
To that end, C.V. Lloyde Music Center installed two JBL PD5200/43-WRX loudspeakers (one on each side of the scoreboard), two PD5200/95-WRX loudspeakers, and three AM6212/64-WRX loudspeakers across the front of the scoreboard, mounted to the roof. All loudspeakers are located above the new scoreboard, which measures 60 x 10 feet in size.
â€œI have been a JBL dealer since 1969, and JBL is like family to me,â€? Lloyde said. â€œI always have a lot of confidence in their loudspeakers, whether itâ€™s a church, a sports facility or a performance space. Our installation of JBL PD Series and AE Series loudspeakers at Memorial Stadium is a great example of JBLâ€™s ability to provide loudspeakers that work harmoniously across product lines.â€?
â€œAs more stadiums are undergoing renovations and upgrades to their physical structures as well as their communication technology, system integrators are adopting a JBL solution,â€? said Jon Sager, Director of Market Development, Installed Sound for JBL Professional. â€œThe installation of JBL PD and AE Series loudspeakers at the University of Illinois not only demonstrates C.V. Lloydeâ€™s professional expertise, but also exemplifies the worldwide recognition of JBLâ€™s ability to provide clear, powerful and easy-to-install loudspeaker systems for these applications. Whether it be a complete loudspeaker system or a few additional loudspeakers to improve coverage in newly renovated or added spaces JBL has a solution.â€?
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Daly City, CA â€” Stone Temple Pilots, reunited after an eight year hiatus, are currently engaged in a 64-date summer tour across North America with dual DigidesignÂ® VENUE systems for both FOH and monitors.
Front of House engineer Eddie Mapp is mixing the band on a D-ShowÂ® Profileâ„¢ console, while monitor engineer Andy Ebert is driving a D-Show at stage side. Mapp, whose live credits also include Evanescence and Zakk Wylde, reports the VENUE system has been a major asset for the tour.
â€œI came on board with only a few days before the tour commenced,â€? he says. â€œThese guys have a very large repertoire, but theyâ€™re really tight and totally professional, and I was able to just record a full-set rehearsal and use the VENUEâ€™s Virtual Sound Check feature to work on cues and set up snapshots.â€?
Mapp, a Pro Tools veteran, is already conversant on the VENUE system, having trained under Robert Scovill at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science. â€œRobert brought one of the early VENUE systems to the Conservatory, and I was fortunate to learn a lot from him,â€? he recounts. â€œIâ€™ve watched the system evolve, and Digidesignâ€™s engineers have done an amazing job. Theyâ€™ve created a system thatâ€™s exceptionally intuitive, and sounds great as well. VENUE is really the most powerful live mixing tool available. It does everything I need it to do.â€?
VENUEâ€™s worldwide compatibility is also an asset, Mapp observes. â€œWhen I was on tour with Evanescence, it was great to know that anywhere we were in the world, we could count on VENUE consoles to be consistent. Iâ€™m able to carry my set on a small USB drive, plug in to any VENUE and be up and running immediately.â€?
He cites VENUEâ€™s deep integration with Pro Tools TDM plug-ins as another important feature. â€œBeing able to use the same plug-ins Iâ€™m familiar with and use every day in my own studio is extremely empowering. I can experiment with different plug-ins and settings at home and then translate them directly to â€˜real worldâ€™ applications.â€?
The STP dates include several summer festivals, as well as a number of arenas in major cities. â€œWeâ€™ve got a great group of people out here who are ready to rock, so it should be a fun summer for everyone,â€? he concludes.
For more information about the Stone Temple Pilots tour visit www.stonetemplepilots.com.
Digidesignâ€™s VENUE live sound environment is revolutionizing the art and profession of live sound mixing with studio-quality sound, TDM plug-in effects processing, and direct connectivity to industry-standard Pro ToolsÂ® recording and playback systems. For more information about the VENUE line of products, visit www.digidesign.com/venue.
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical GrammyÂ® Award and 2003 OscarÂ® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro ToolsÂ® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com.
About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals â€“ as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avidâ€™s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the AvidÂ® Film ComposerÂ® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the companyâ€™s Oscar, Grammy and EmmyÂ® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 30, 2008 â€“ Nucomm, Inc., a leading provider of digital and analog microwave systems for the broadcast industry, common carrier, cable, government, military and international marketplace, is introducing its upgraded Analog CoderTM 2 modulator at IBC 2008 (Stand 1.A30). Expanding on its original Analog Coder TM that saw its debut in 2001, which had a max data rate of 19.39 Mbps, the Analog Coder 2 is capable of accepting input data rates from 1 to 25 Mbps plus a T1 Data Pack. more
â”€Yamaha DM2000 and M7CL Digital Consoles Used at Front of House and Monitorsâ”€
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.â”€In late June, Audio Logic Systems of Bloomfield, Minn. provided full production for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) National Youth Conference held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Known as the â€˜Challenge Conference,â€™ the five-day event was attended by over 5,400 high school students who were brought together to grow in their ministry maturity level, model outreach and to share ministry training. During the course of the event, the students prepared 250,000 meals for â€˜Kids Against Hungerâ€™ and set a Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Kazoo Band. The event planners made fine arts a priority in all of the sessions, highlighting poetry, dance, drama, and music. National recording artist â€œStarfieldâ€? served as the house worship band for the week.
Early in the production planning stages the conference staff decided to host this event in the round, allowing the audience to be closer to the stage. This proved to be a challenge considering the beams in the exhibition hall are only 30 feet high. Bringing the audio, video, and lighting together for both functionality and aesthetics, required extensive technical pre-planning. The entire show plot was designed in advance and completely laid out in Vectorworks, beginning over one year prior to the event. The design was drawn and carried out by Ed Coutu, Production Manager and Michael Klaers, Lighting Designer at Audio Logic Systems.
Two Yamaha consoles were used at the event: a Yamaha DM2000 digital at console at front of house and a Yamaha M7CL digital console for monitors. The Yamaha DM2000 is still one of the most versatile consoles on the market, and is still my overall favorite as a FOH console when youâ€™re not sure what youâ€™re going to run into,â€? states Ed Coutu. â€œI use a Waves plug-in card with an L1-Ultramaximizer on a regular basis for live audio recordings and feeds to video recording. The ability to configure my aux sends and matrix sends in a way that is most functional on the fly, combined with the DM2000 preamps makes this an outstanding console.â€?
This particular console was purchased when the DM2000 was first released, and itâ€™s one of the first 100 production models notes Coutu. â€œI think that says a lot for the longevity of Yamaha consoles. The case was custom made to contain a 4-space rack which houses a PC computer and keyboard drawer. Above the lower rack is a work surface, which is always needed at FOH. Above the work surface there is a 5-space rack which holds additional preamps and recording hardware.â€?
Audio Logic Systems also chose the Yamaha M7CL-48, Coutu adds, for its interface speed as a monitor console. â€œItâ€™s the fastest digital console available; the speed of operating the console was key because things happened quickly at this event, and there was a lot going on with various dramas, dancers, and speakers. The console enabled Nic Hentges who was running monitors, the ability to mix the band on in-ears and then seamlessly switch to wedges for the drama actors, dancers, and speakersâ”€paramount to keeping everyone comfortable on stage. I have to say that both Nic and the M7CL-48 did a wonderful job!â€?
The event utilized a d&b Audiotechnik speaker rig consisting of 36 Q1â€™s, 8 Q7s for downfills, 4 B2s, 8 Q-Subs, Q10â€™s for frontfills, 8 M4s for monitors, and 40 D12 amplifiers. All amplifiers were controlled from front of house using R1 software. Four Shure UHF-R handhelds were used on the stage with KSM 9s for the vocalists. The musicians in â€œStarfieldâ€? used Shure UHF-R beltpacks for guitars and bass, allowing them to move freely around the stage and interact with the audience in every direction.
Lighting for the event was controlled by a full-size GrandMA at front of house in command of 60 1k pars, 60 ETC Source4 Pars, 48 ETC Source4â€™s, and 12 Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots. Video for the event was seen on 4 16â€™x9â€™ screens. A Broadcast Pix 1000 video switcher (SDI/HD-SDI) controlled the images going to 4 Barco R12+ projectors via HD-SDI. There were 6 cameras in total: 4 on studio tripods with 2 Fuji 70x lenses and 2 Canon 32x lenses, as well as 2 portable cameras. 27â€? 16:9 LCDâ€™s were used to provide additional video outputs for the front rows of the audience as well as confidence monitors on stage. Rigging support for all lighting, audio, and video was on one complete truss grid. The grid was made using 285â€™ of 20.5â€? truss from Tomcat and Total Structures, 130â€™ of 12â€? truss from Tomcat, and was hung using 14 1 ton CM Lodestars, and 7 Â½ ton CM Lodestars.
For more information on Audio Logic Systems, contact Ed Coutu at Audio Logic Systems, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada â€“ July 29, 2008 â€¦ Alfacam is one of the leading TV service providers in Europe, and will play a leading role in TV transmissions of the Summer Games. In Beijing, Alfacam will not only be handling the production of different types of international HD feeds, but also the worldwide broadcast of the opening and closing ceremonies. more
JESSUP, MARYLAND – JULY 2008: API, manufacturer of high-end analog processors and audio production consoles, is pleased to announce the three winners of their first annual Visionary Scholarship designed to foster creativity and excellence for the pro audio industry’s next generation of sound engineers. The scholarship is available to students enrolled at universities that have made the API Vision stereo/surround analog console a cornerstone of their students’ education. API awarded Myoung Nam, Andrei Duma, and Oresti Tsonopoulos each with $2,000 for a successful essay and the optional submission of recorded material.
Nam is a student in the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s sound recording technology program under the direction of Dr. William Moylan, coordinator of sound recording technology. Duma is a student at the University of Michigan and uses the API Vision in the school’s amazing Duderstadt Center for multi-media production, where David Greenspan serves as coordinator of audio resources at the Digital Media Commons. Tsonopoulos is a student at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music/Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where Jim Anderson serves as chair.
Applications for next year’s awards are available online at: www.apiaudio.com/schol_app.html. The application deadline is April 1, 2009 and winners will be announced June 15, 2009.
Automated Processes, Inc. remains the leader in analog recording gear, with the Vision surround production and Legacy Series recording consoles, the DSM Series rack-mounted mixers, and the classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
(PHOTO CAPTION) The 2008 API Visionary Scholarship winners (from top to bottom, left to right): Myoung Nam from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s sound recording technology program; Andrei Duma from the University of Michigan, Duderstadt Center for multi-media production with David Greenspan, audio resources coordinator; and Oresti Tsonopoulos, Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music/Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with Jim Anderson, department chair.
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