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VENUE PROFILE MIX RACK SYSTEM PROVES THAT SMALL IS THE NEXT BIG THING

digipr_venue_profile_sm.jpgLondon, PLASA Show — The Digidesign® D-Show Profile Mix Rack™ System, the newest addition to Digidesign’s award-winning VENUE family of live sound systems, has opened VENUE technology to a vast new user base around the globe.

Developed specifically for small- and mid-sized performance venues, houses of worship, touring, and fixed installations, or as an ideal drop-in upgrade for existing analog systems, the D-Show Profile Mix Rack System combines a D-Show Profile console with the new Mix Rack, a compact 11-space rack enclosure that incorporates all audio I/O (stage and local) and DSP into a single chassis. The resulting system combination offers the most compact, portable, and cost-effective way to take advantage of the unparalleled power and flexibility of VENUE, including native control of a vast library of TDM plug-ins and tight integration with Pro Tools® software for live multitrack recording and playback.

The small but powerful D-Show Profile Mix Rack System was the perfect fit for New York City’s newest hot spot, (Le) Poisson Rouge. Designed by the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) on the site of the famed Village Gate nightclub, this state-of-the-art performance venue boasts two stages and a flexible sound system that can be configured for stereo, surround, or several other sound modes with the touch of a button.

“Space was at a premium here, and because (Le) Poisson Rouge is essentially multiple clubs, depending on the setup, we needed a system that was both powerful and easily reconfigured,� explains Masque Sound audio specialist Paul Klimson, who, together with WSDG’s David Kotch, collaborated on the system installation. “The Profile Mix Rack System was an ideal solution because it’s self-contained and requires no external effects rack.�

In the UK, leading nightclub operator Academy Music Group (AMG) was first out of the gate to purchase a D-Show Profile Mix Rack system for its Carling Islington Academy music venue, enabling the facility to increase its booking cachet by offering live multi-track recordings as an additional service. “Pro Tools integration was a significant factor in AMG’s decision to purchase the [VENUE Profile] Mix Rack System,� explains HD Pro Audio’s Andy Huffer. “Multi-track recording via a convenient industry standard, such as Pro Tools, is becoming increasingly important for live venues these days.�

Inside the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome), London’s hot spot Matter is designed to operate as a live venue, nightclub, performing arts space, or VIP club. The 2,600-capacity auditorium’s unique audio and video features include a D-Show Profile Mix Rack System.

The D-Show Profile Mix Rack System has also been popular on small- and mid-sized tours. FOH engineer Jayme Braun (Switchfoot, Israel and New Breed, Bryan White, and The Next American Band winners The Clark Brothers) selected the Profile and Mix Rack combo for the recent US-based Adore Worship Tour. A veteran of numerous live Pro Tools recordings, Braun had nothing but praise for the new compact Digidesign system.

“It’s just been a dream come true,� he remarks. “I’ve used VENUE since it first came out, and I’ve always been a fan of its sound and its functionality. Adding the [VENUE Profile and] Mix Rack makes it hands down the most efficient and portable rig I’ve ever worked with. Just take two lids off, plug in two cables, and you’re ready to go. I would love to take this with me wherever I go.�

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw has been touring with a VENUE Profile Mix Rack System through the U.S. and UK as well. “The combination of Mix Rack and [VENUE] Profile is unbelievably powerful,� remarks DeGraw’s FOH engineer, Erick Celeiro. “Right now, we’re bouncing between 100-seat theaters, TV appearances, clubs, and festivals. The [VENUE] Profile and Mix Rack is really the only system that’s flexible enough for me to work with across such a wide range of venues.�

For Michael Story, director of Story Sound, one of Holland’s largest rental houses, the VENUE Profile Mix Rack System has proven to be one of the most in-demand items in his arsenal. “Adding a [VENUE] Profile Mix Rack System to our existing three VENUE systems has enabled us to offer a much wider range of systems to our theater-oriented customer base,� he says. “The combination of Mix Rack and [VENUE] Profile has provided us with a powerful product that outperforms the alternatives, at a competitive rate.�

About VENUE
Digidesign’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 Tools® recording and playback systems. The Mix Rack is sold exclusively as part of the Profile Mix Rack system, although the Mix Rack is fully compatible with VENUE D-Show ® control surfaces. For more information about the VENUE line of products, visit www.digidesign.com/venue.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® 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.

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Loudness Sonorização Select Crown Amps To Power Brazilian Red Bull X-Fighters International Motocross 2008

Powering a sound system for a concert with screaming fans is never an easy task. Powering a sound system with screaming fans and dozens of motorcycle engines revving at the Red Bull X-Fighters Motocross in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is even more difficult. Showcasing the power and sound quality of Crown’s I-Tech amplifiers, Brazilian sound reinforcement company, Loudness Sonorização selected 60 Crown I-Tech amps to power a JBL line array loudspeaker system for the motocross event in Rio.

This one day event highlights riders from around the world, while they perform dare-devil stunts for cheering fans, all the while, their motorcycle engines revving and quickly throttling up to build up the speed necessary to launch themselves 30, 40 or even 50 feet in the air.

“When we selected Crown’s I-Tech line, we knew that these amps would not only be able to deliver the power necessary to overcome the incredible sound of the motorcycles, but the clarity to allow the fans to hear the announcements,� said Márcio Pilot, Director of Loudness Sonorização.

For the event Loudness Sonorização provided 48 Crown IT-8000 and 12 Crown IT-4000 amplifiers. They powered JBL VERTEC VT4889 loudspeakers. Pilot chose the Crown Amplifiers for sound quality, internal DSP, reliability, and ease of installation. “Crown is recognized worldwide as the best amplifiers you can buy for sound reinforcement, tour sound and fixed installations,� stated Pilot.

Available in I-T4000, I-T6000 and I-T8000 iterations, the Harman HiQnet™-compatible I-Tech family has become the tour sound professional’s de-facto standard amplifier by matching unsurpassed Class-I power, light weight and ease of use. Onboard DSP provides a wide array of signal processing functionality, significantly reducing the need for rack components and rack wiring. Onboard DSP features 24- bit, 96 kHz A/D and D/A converters that reduce DSP noise for studio-quality processing and quieter overall performance. I-Tech features peak voltage and RMS power limiting for speaker protection and global power supply to deliver maximum power worldwide! The model boasts a front panel LCD for diagnostics and preset selection, ensuring fast and easy system setup but also front panel lockout for enhanced safety.

For more information about Loudness Sonorização please visit: http://www.loudness.com.br

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HUMAN Announces New Projects for Clients Levi’s, Nike, Coca-Cola, American Express & Netflix

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New York and Los Angeles, Sept. 9, 2008 – HUMAN, one of America’s pre-eminent original music composition and sound design companies specializing in unique and compelling music for the international advertising industry, has announced the company’s latest high profile music projects. These projects are for clients Levi’s, Nike, Coca-Cola, American Express and Netflix. To view HUMAN’s latest work, please see:

http://www.humanworldwide.com/flash2007/?reelid=216

HUMAN’S LATEST PROJECTS:

Levi’s “Onion Peelâ€?
Agency: Cutwater
Production Co: HSI
Director: Michael Haussman
Music & Sound Design: Human

Nike “Beautiful Focus�
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Shanghai
Production Co: Radical Media
Director: Tarsem
Music: Human

American Express “Member’s Projectâ€?
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather / NY
Production Co: Various
Editor: Valerie Junge
Music: Human

Levi’s “Knockoutâ€?
Agency: Cutwater
Production Co: HSI
Director: Michael Haussman
Music & Sound Design: Human

Coca-Cola “Bird’s Nestâ€?
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam
Production/Animation Co: Partizan
Music: Human

Netflix “Get The Lights�
Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Production Co: Biscuit
Director: Steve Rogers
Music: Human

ABOUT HUMAN:

HUMAN is one of America’s pre-eminent original music composition and sound design companies specializing in unique and compelling music for the international advertising industry. Founded in 2001 by renowned composers Morgan Visconti, Andrew Bloch, Gareth Williams, and Managing Partner Marc Altshuler, Human is a multi-award winning music collective, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more info, please see: www.humanworldwide.com

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AKG Features WMS 4500 Wireless Microphone System At PLASA08

AKG Acoustics is showcasing the recently released wireless WMS 4500 microphone system at PLASA08, which offers improved audio capabilities versatile enough to handle multiple users and multi-channel applications simultaneously. Like its predecessor, the WMS 4000, the WMS 4500 offers a wide range of available components for operational adaptability and has been modified for greater durability and flexibility with accompanying wireless applications.

The WMS 4500 is available in two new frequency bands: Band 7 (500-530 MHz) and Band 8 (570-600 MHz) that offer more options for multi-channel systems in today’s crowded RF environment. The system’s components consist of the SR4500 receiver unit, the PT4500 emitter, and the HT4500 handheld microphone unit offering new features and sleek new construction.

“The WMS 4500 is an industry-leading wireless microphone system that is reliable, versatile, and cost-effective,” explains Alfred Reinprecht, Vice President of Marketing, AKG. “We’ve redesigned the popular WMS 4000 system with updated features and components and packaged it in a sleeker, more durable design.â€?

The SR4500 receiver unit features an adjustable backlight setting, a factory reset, modified presets and the elegant new casing displays a stylish stage black finish. The receiver’s internal software features AutoSetup for inter-modulation free channel selection, EnvironmentScan settings for RF range scanning, and a RehearsalMode selection, which can be used to save system data during rehearsal set-up. Important settings like squelch threshold, carrier frequency selection, and the listed user name can be edited and stored with an easy-to-use menu.

The PT4500 emitter has also been redesigned with enhanced durability that protects the system from years of rigorous stage use. The major electronic components are enclosed in a metal casing for protection.

The PT4500 bodypack accepts both microphone and line-level input signals as well as adjustable input sensitivity. A lockable TA-3F Mini-XLR attachment easily connects with a broad range of AKG headsets, lavalieres, instrument microphones and instrument cables.

The HT4500 handheld transmitter also features an updated metal casing with a stage black finish that allows for interchangeable microphone modules to be removed and switched to meet any vocalist’s needs. Models available for the WMS 4500 system include the D5, D3700, D3800, C5900, C5, and C535 EB, as well as the new D7.

The WMS 4500 can be integrated into a Harman HiQnetâ„¢ system using the optional HUB 4000 Q. With the System Architectâ„¢ software, the WMS 4500 can be configured, controlled, and monitored remotely from a PC. System Architect makes frequency management incredibly easy with tools like RF Monitor, Device Manager, Environment Scan and Auto Setup.

“The WMS 4500 wireless system is designed for professionals in the field who require a reliable system even in environments that are unreceptive to RF transmission,� added Reinprecht. “It is the best in its class and offers every feature required by sound engineers, musicians, speaker systems, system contractors, and system integrators.�

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AURALEX SIGNS PICTURE PERFECT AGREEMENT WITH HALLMARK LICENSING

~ New SonicPrint Artistic Acoustical Panels to Benefit from Large Image Library ~

DENVER, CO – Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, announced its collaboration with Hallmark Licensing at this year’s CEDIA show, opening the door to Hallmarks’ six million licensed images to be used on Auralex’s newest custom-printed acoustical panel line of products, SonicPrint.

“Auralex Acoustics is taking acoustical treatments to the next level through our collaboration with Hallmark Licensing for our new SonicPrint artistic acoustical panel products,� says Tim Martin, director of sales and marketing for Auralex. “Our customers have told us they want not only great acoustics, but want more design options to express their style as well. With the help of Hallmark Licensing, we have made a giant leap forward in meeting our customer’s expectations.� more

JBL Professional Debuts The Versatile Control® 2P Compact Powered Reference Monitor

The Control 2P Compact Powered Reference Monitor is ideal for a broad range of applications in broadcast, desktop audio production and commercial audio installations.

Delivering a powerful, accurate, yet affordable reference monitor for a variety of environments, JBL Professional is introducing the Control® 2P Compact Powered Reference Monitor at PLASA08. The Control 2P is a 5-inch two-way powered stereo system with accuracy and features required for professional broadcast and desktop production applications. Mounting capability and compact format make the Control 2P ideal for small fixed install applications and portable presentation systems.

The Control 2P is based on the platform of its legendary predecessor, the Control 1 Pro, utilizing the same studio-quality transducers and crossover, while incorporating internal amplification and features for professional audio production and installation. The system includes two speakers, one of which incorporates power amplification and user controls for itself and the connected passive speaker. Snap-on pedestals are included to optimize the listening angle for desktop production applications.

“The development of the Control 2P is JBL’s response to the demand for a compact, accurate system in broadcast, desktop audio production and commercial install applications,� said Peter Chaikin, Director of Marketing, Recording & Broadcast, JBL Professional. “Affordable computer-based desktop audio/video production is driving the need for an affordable yet accurate reference monitor. Additionally, broadcasters have an ongoing need for a compact, high-quality professional monitor that will perform reliably in fixed and mobile systems. And systems integrators need a compact high fidelity system for use in environments such as small conference rooms and commercial spaces. The Control 2P is the solution.�

Desktop Audio/Video Production
The Control 2P loudspeaker can be utilized as a professional reference monitor, adding full, accurate sound to desktop audio/video production systems at a price comparable to that of a pair of computer speakers. The Control 2P offers high output and impressive low frequency for its size, providing the performance needed when working with unprocessed music tracks and audio signals. The Control 2P also incorporates convenient features for professional desktop production including: a headphone jack; side-mounted large volume control, which simultaneously controls the left and right speakers; an internal peak limiter that protects the system from damage caused by continuous overdriving; and an overload protection system with an LED indicator. A high-frequency contour control allows the user to tailor high-frequency response to application requirements. Included snap-on pedestals elevate the front of each Control 2P speaker to optimize the listening angle in desktop applications.

“Affordable computer-based desktop audio/video production is driving the need for a really affordable and accurate reference monitor,� Chaikin said. “The production customer on a budget can now have accuracy, fidelity and JBL quality required for professional content creation.�

Broadcast
With impressive output and accuracy in a compact form-factor, the Control 2P is the ideal utility monitor for the professional broadcast environment. The Control 2P offers excellent acoustic attributes, with linear frequency response and impressive low-frequency performance. Integrating the high-sensitivity Control 2P transducers and a 35 watt-per-channel amplifier, the system boasts remarkable peak output.

Meeting the needs of broadcasters, the Control 2P includes magnetically shielded transducers for use near magnetically sensitive equipment, and balanced XLR inputs that allow connection to professional recording and broadcast equipment. Integrated mounting capability and an optional mounting kit allow the system to be wall mounted in broadcast facilities.

“The Control 2P provides broadcasters with a more affordable, higher-performance system than previously available, making it ideal for use in control rooms and mobile systems,� Chaikin added.

Commercial Audio
Small conference rooms and portable presentation systems can now benefit from high output and JBL fidelity at an unprecedented price point. The light weight and portability of the system allows the Control 2P to be easily transported in a shoulder bag, along with a portable projector and laptop. The Control 2P features unbalanced RCA inputs for connection to consumer-level devices including projector outputs, CD players, computers and personal music playback systems. For fixed installation applications, the Control 2P is wall-mount capable with an optional mounting kit.

“Thanks to its versatility and high performance, the Control 2P is ideal for video and audio playback systems and portable presentation configurations,� Chaikin said. “Combine this with the product’s affordability, and the Control 2P is a no-brainer for a broad range of applications.�

The Control 2P system (Model C2PS) includes one powered “master� speaker, one passive extension speaker, and power supply, for US$249.00 MSRP. The Control 2P powered Master speaker is also available separately (Model C2PM) with a power supply for US$189.00 MSRP. The optional MTC-2P Mounting Kit contains two wall-mount brackets and a power supply holster, for US$25.00 MSRP.

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Harman Professional Brands Brew Perfect Sound For Oktoberfest 2008

In another example of the worldwide movement by audio professionals towards complete sound systems comprised exclusively of Harman Professional components, Oktoberfest 2008, which takes place in Munich later this month, features four major tents equipped with audio technologies from Crown Audio, Soundcraft, JBL Professional, AKG and BSS Audio. The systems for the Hacker, Weinzelt, Armbrustschützen and Löwenbräu tents are provided by Max Ihm and Andreas Wallisch of LUTV (www.lutv.de) of Forstinning on the outskirts of Munich.

At the Löwenbräu tent 12 JBL Professional VERTEC® VT4887 compact line array elements and eight JBL Professional P744 1×18″ subwoofers will be powered by eight Crown I-Tech IT4000 Series amplifiers with mixing by a 48-channel Soundcraft Series 4 console and processing by BSS Soundweb 9088 networked signal processor. Four JBL Professional SRX712M monitor wedges will be joined onstage with a battery of AKG microphones.

At the neighboring Armbrustschützen tent, a similar loudspeaker lineup of 12 JBL Professional VT4887 compact line array elements, eight JBL P744 subwoofers and four JBL SRX712M monitor wedges are powered by eight Crown CTs3000 amplifiers equipped with eight Crown PIP USP3 cards. In this instance, longtime-Oktoberfest sound system suppliers, LUTV, elected to use a 40 channel Soundcraft GB8 mixing board and again reverted to the BSS Soundweb 9088 for processing. Here also, AKG microphones will be used for instrument and vocal use.

The system employed at the Hacker tent comprises 18 JBL Professional VERTEC VT4887 line array elements at its core with six JBL P744 subwoofers providing the low end. Ihm and Wallisch deployed 12 Crown MacroTech MA5002Vz outfitted with 12 Crown PIP USP3 cards communicating with a BSS Soundweb 9088 networked signal processor. AKG microphones will also be featured onstage for instruments and singers of the traditional Bavarian folk performers that, together with the beer and the crowds, have made Oktoberfest such a unique and fun event. The Weinzelt tent will also feature components from JBL Professional, Crown, BSS Audio and AKG, though details are being finalized.

Commenting on the application, Max Ihm noted, ” LUTV GmbH is providing sound systems and technical equipment since more than 25 year for various tent at the Wiesn [Oktoberfest]. From the beginning JBL loudspeakers and other Harman sound equipment were our first choice.â€?

Andreas Wallisch agrees: “Our customers and we have high expectations regarding the performance of PA systems. JBL speakers like VERTEC meet and surpass our sophisticated quality standards.”

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