Archive for September, 2008
Automixing, White Space Issues, Innovations in Live Sound & More
SAN FRANCISCO: Perhaps the most visible star in the pro audio universe, Live Sound is the embodiment of hands-on mixing and micing. There are no do-overs on the road. Thousands of sound reinforcement professionals from around the world will visit the 125th AES Convention in SFâ€™s Moscone Center October 2-5. â€œOur Live Sound Event Co-Chairs Bob Lee and Jonathan Novick have fine-tuned a program geared to help attendees hone their craft,â€? states Convention Co-Chair John Strawn. â€œVisitors will acquire invaluable information from a rich pallet of Tutorials, Papers, Platinum Panels and Workshops. We have always prided ourselves on exceptional Live Events. This year weâ€™ve got a bumper crop.â€?
The Live Sound Events Program includes:
AC POWER AND GROUNDING: Chair, Bruce C. Olson, Olson Sound Design; Panelists -Bill Whitlock, Jensen Transformers and David Stevens, Carlson Audio Systems,will discuss the critical issues of how to provide AC power, avoid hum and avoid killing performers, technicians and yourself. They will also address the use of generator sets and myths and facts about grounding.
RF WHITE SPACE ISSUES: Chair: Chris Lyons, Shure Inc., panelist, Henry Cohen, Production Radio Rentals will discuss the DTV conversion scheduled for completion in February, 2009. FCC decisions surrounding this event are of great concern to wireless mic users. Will 700 MHz band mics retain type certification? Will proposed white space devices create new interference? Will there be an FCC crack-down on unlicensed mic use? These and other critical issues will be addressed.
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR WIRELESS MIC USERS: Chair: Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics â€“ Panelists: Henry Cohen, Production Radio Rentals; Shannon Slaton, Sound Designer and Michael Petterson, Shure Inc: From houses of worship to wedding bands and community theaters, small-to-medium-sized wireless microphone systems and IEMs are in constant use everywhere. Unlike Super Bowl/Grammy scale events, these systems rarely have the luxury of dedicated technicians or sophisticated frequency coordination. This panel will cover the basics of component selection and designing / installing systems that minimize interference and maximize performance.
AUTOMIXING FOR LIVE SOUND: Chair, Michael ‘Bink’ Knowles, freelance live sound mixer .Panelists: Dan Dugan, Dan Dugan Sound Design Gordon Moore, Lectrosonics; Tom Stuckman, Peavey Electronics; Mac Kerr, freelance live sound mixer. This seminar offers live sound mixers an opportunity to audition various analog and digital automixers. Panelists will discuss system strengths and weaknesses with respect to their sound quality and ease of use.
LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION: Chair: Bruce C. Olson, Olson Sound Design. Panel includes Ralph Heinz, Renkus Heinz. Band engineers and system techs will learn recommended ways to optimize loudspeaker systems for use in venues typically frequented by local bands and regional sound companies.
INNOVATIONS IN LIVE SOUND â€“ AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Chair, Ted Leamy, Pro Media/UltraSound: Panelists Ken Lopez,UCLA; John Meyer, Meyer Sound; Graham Blyth, Soundcraft. Today’s sound professional have a myriad of products to choose from. That wasn’t always the case. Sometimes a look in the rearview mirror can provide insights to the road ahead. These industry pioneers will review past live sound innovations and consider the constraints that drove their development.
â€œBob Lee and I developed a full Live Sound program that is both comprehensive and compelling,â€? Co-Chair Jonathan Novick remarked. â€œThe events listed below illustrate the range of subjects. Attendees seeking detailed abstracts should visit the Calendar of Events at www.aes.org. We look forward to seeing our many friends and associates at the show.â€?
â€¢ Audio Networking for the Pros
â€¢ Practical Advice for Wireless Systems Users
â€¢ Source-Oriented Live Sound Reinforcement
â€¢ 10 Things to Get Right in PA and Sound Reinforcement
â€¢ Good Mic Technique- Microphone Selection and Usage for Live Sound
â€¢ Digital and Networked Audio in Sound Reinforcement
â€¢ Platinum Road Warriors
Pictured: AES 125th Convention Live Sound Co-Chair Jonathan Novick. Photo by
Alex Storm, courtesy Dolby Laboratories.
Now celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org
New Product Boosts Power Supply of Todayâ€™s Video Cameras
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 â€“ Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the worldâ€™s premier provider of professional camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems, is proud to introduce the SPS-150â„¢ 150-watt power supply, designed to meet the high-power needs of todayâ€™s video cameras, at IBC 2008 (Stand 9.C40b). more
Affordable 5.1 Version of the H2-PRO
AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 â€” HolophoneÂ®, the leading manufacturer of surround microphones, is offering its users access to the power and audio quality of the H2-PRO in an affordable 5.1 package with the introduction of the H2-5.1 surround microphone. Ideal for productions solely requiring a superior discrete 5.1 surround recording, the H2-5.1 is making its industry debut at IBC 2008 (Booth 8.C10). more
Receive PLAY Product Free with Mail-in Rebate at Participating Retailers
HOLLYWOOD â€” EASTWEST is offering its users a unique opportunity to double the amount of the companyâ€™s new PLAY-powered products in their audio toolkit at a greatly reduced rate.
Users visiting the EASTWEST website www.soundsonline.com or www.soundsonline-europe.com from now until October 31, 2008 will be able to purchase one PLAY product and receive a collection of equal to or lesser value for free. The offer is also available at participating domestic and international retailers using a mail in rebate. There is no limit to the amount of virtual instruments that can be purchased where a user receives one free (except the free product cannot be the same as the purchased product), and users have the entire line of PLAY-powered products to choose from. more
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 11, 2008 â€“ Nucommâ€™s products are taking on IBC 2008 (Stand 1.A30), offering a number of innovative solutions to todayâ€™s broadcasters. Among its new products are its 7 Series HD ready line, the Analog CoderTM 2 modulator, its Messenger IP Media Gateway â€“ Native file transfer system, the CC-1 camera control unit and the Newscaster DR 2 diversity receiver. more
Denver, CO, September 11, 2008 — Denver, Colorado ABC affiliate KMGH-TV recently broadcast the Democratic National Convention in HD using RF Centralâ€™s RF Extreme GL Series 23 GHz fixed link. In using the first 23 GHz high-definition radio available in the country, the station used the unit in conjunction with four ASI streams to transport HD video throughout its 72 hour around-the-clock coverage, which included both live and pre-taped content. more
Burbank, CAâ€¦ In support of its latest album, The Slip, industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails (NIÐ˜) is in the midst of its Lights in the Sky tour, which includes roughly twenty-seven appearances throughout North America and another six performances in South America. As part of the bandâ€™s equipment arsenal, Nine Inch Nails travels with a marimba that leader Trent Reznor performs on. Miking the marimba is a challenging task, and for this, Front of House (FOH) and Monitorworld engineers Pete Keppler and Michael Prowda have found success with the SF-24 Stereo Active Ribbonâ„¢ Microphone from Royer Labs. more
New 500-Watt Product Powers Sony F23 and F35 Digital Cameras
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 â€“ Continuing its mission to provide reliable power supplies for the high-end video camera market, Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the worldâ€™s premier provider of professional broadcast, video and film camera batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems, is proud to introduce its new DT-500â„¢ 500-watt power supply at IBC 2008 (Stand 9.C40b). This unique product is the only power supply of its kind designed to meet the power requirements of high-end Sony F23 and F35 HD cameras. more
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, September 12, 2008â€”Clear-ComÂ® Communication Systems, a brand of The Vitec Group, is previewing its new version of Clear-Com Concertâ„¢ V2.0 at IBC2008 (Stand 9.C40a). Clear-Comâ€™s upgraded Concert V2.0 system offers expanded features including, an industryâ€™s first native IP connectivity between Concert and the Eclipse Matrix System, establishing a single communication environment for traditional and IP intercom users. more
Greensboro, NC â€“ September 2008â€¦ WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets, proudly introduces the M80X3-P Line Array. A new addition to WorxAudio Technologiesâ€™ TrueLineâ„¢ Series, the new M80X3-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, line array loudspeaker system designed for the most natural sounding reproduction of speech and music program material. This exceptional new loudspeaker system excels at a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, including performance venues and clubs, houses of worship, theaters, cabarets, as well as meeting and presentation facilities. more
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