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JBL Loudspeakers In Winner’s Circle At 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix

NORTHRIDGE, California – In a high-profile, international event highlighting the suitability of JBL VERTEC® loudspeakers for demanding applications, global production design and lighting specialty vendor Valerio Maioli SPA was contracted to provide the lighting, CCTV, trusses and public address for the inaugural FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The event took place on September 28 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area in Singapore. The race was the first to be held at night in FORMULA 1 history, with the timing of the night event enabling live broadcasts at a time convenient for European TV audiences. Over 110,000 tickets were made available for this first street race held in Asia, and a full sell-out was achieved.jbl_singaporegrandprix.jpg

For specialized audio functions in the pit building which served drivers, factory teams, race management and the global media, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. of Singapore worked under Valerio Maioli SPA for the supply, installation and operation of the audio systems in four main areas of the pit building, including the Media Centre, Paddock Club Suites, Press Conference Room and the Podium area.

In the main grandstand podium area, which in addition to race announcements was used to support the opening and awards ceremonies for the main event and all supporting races, individual JBL VERTEC VT4887A compact line array elements were truss-mounted to provide premium, high-output sound coverage in the VIP area nearest the podium zone. A bi-amplified, 3-way system, the VT4887A features JBL’s exclusive Differential Drive™ component transducers with neodymium magnets and dual voice-coils for maximum output power and premium fidelity from a small package.jbl_singaporegrandprix2.jpg

Additionally, the press conference room was served by a group of JBL Control 29AV-1 premium indoor/outdoor monitor speakers. The audio system at the media centre, featuring JBL Control 24CT in-ceiling speakers for background music and paging was a localized system, used to feed race commentary and press-conference audio to the media centre. The paddock club suites were equipped with Control 23T ultra-compact indoor/outdoor background/foreground loudspeakers.

“JBL’s wide range of professional loudspeaker products includes a broad number of effective system solutions,� observed Gary Goh, Project and Applications Manager for Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. “It was an historic occasion for the Formula One Grand Prix to be staged here in Singapore, and our entire team was proud to play a part in the sound reinforcement aspects of the event using JBL.�

Valiero Maioli Group can be reached at www.maioli.com/

Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd can be reached at www.enepl.com.sg/

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Crown Audio Appoints Vincent Tan Business Developer For Asia

ELKHART, Indiana – Crown Audio today announced the appointment of Vincent Tan to the position of Business Developer for the Asia region. In this role Tan will be responsible for supporting the sales within the region and working closely with the customer base to ensure all products are tailored to meet their needs. He will report to Director of Marketing for Installed Sound, Brian Divine.tanvincent.jpg

Previously, Tan served as an Engineering Manager for Spectrum Conferencing Pte Ltd, which specializes in providing integrated conferencing and professional audio visual solutions. In this role Tan was responsible for the management and direction of the post sales department, where he led a team of four engineers in providing after-sales services.

Tan has also held the position of IT Manager for Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd, where he managed major IT networks for multiple companies in various countries. In this position he oversaw the administration of domain, email, and accounting servers, in addition to firewall and management and many other network needs.

“Vincent has an extensive and impressive background in both engineering and information technology. He also understands the importance of communicating and understanding our customer base which will ultimately make him very successful in this role,� added Divine.

Commenting on his appointment, Tan said today, “I’m extremely excited to begin my new role with Crown. Through previous positions I’ve become familiar with Crown and many of the other Harman Professional brands. Their reputation as an industry leader who produces and supports the most powerful and reliable amplifiers is something I’m proud to be a part of.�

Tan holds a Bachelor Degree with honors in Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

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Daktronics And JBL VRX Line Arrays Bring Sound To The Sooners At University of Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble Center

NORTHRIDGE, California – Demonstrating the power and ease of installation of JBL VRX portable line arrays, systems integration firm Daktronics designed and installed a new audio system for the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The Lloyd Noble Center is home to the University of Oklahoma basketball teams and also serves as one of the largest concert venues in the region. jbl_lloydnoble.jpg

Built in 1975, the Lloyd Noble Center has a capacity of 11,528, which can vary for theater seating during concerts. Given the variety of events held at the venue, Daktronics installed an equally versatile audio system comprised of JBL VRX line array loudspeakers.

The audio system features more than 60 VRX932LA line array loudspeakers in a distributed “exploded cluster� configuration. Supplementing the main system are VRX928 8-inch, portable line array elements for the upper seating areas. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi amplifiers.

Since their initial introduction, JBL’s VRX portable line array series has become a favorite among systems integrators in a variety of applications from houses of worship and performance venues to sports arenas. The product’s optimal combination of power, light weight and configurability offers a high level of versatility for demanding installations.

“We have successfully employed VRX line arrays in the past and found them to be an ideal solution for the system at the Lloyd Noble Center,� said Doug Dodge of Daktronics. “The system has performed exceptionally and provides smooth, even coverage to all areas of the arena.�

For more information on Daktronics, please visit www.daktronics.com

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Slovenian Broadcasting Company, Radio Murski Val, Celebrates 50th Anniversary By Honoring Studer OnAir 3000

REGENSDORF, Switzerland- A Slovenian leader in the production of digital broadcasts, Radio Murski val, celebrates its 50th anniversary and credits Studer products for much of their recent broadcasting success. From the modest beginnings of only a few hours of broadcasting per week and Yugoslavian political obstacles, Radio Murski val chose Studer equipment in 1989, which has transformed it into one of the most listened-to broadcasters in the country. In 2007, Radio Murski val made the transition into digital broadcasting and has continued the digital trend with the acquisition of Studer’s OnAir3000.
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The Studer OnAir 3000 further extends Studer’s range of digital broadcast consoles with a design aimed at the medium to upper segment of the radio market including private and public network broadcast stations. The operating concept of the OnAir 3000 will be very familiar to Studer users. The wide range of compact and elegant control surface modules incorporates the same patented “Touch’nAction” philosophy as the highly successful Studer OnAir 2000, using color GUI screens.

“At Radio Murski val, we chose the Studer OnAir 3000 because of it’s flexibility, quick and intuitive operation, and the reliable networking capabilities that allow us to connect to other broadcast signals in our station,� states Studio Manager Franc Horvat of Radio Murski val. “We did not have to give the decision much thought, despite there being many different mixing consoles on the market. Our years of satisfaction with Studer products made the selection of the OnAir 3000 very easy,� Horvat continued.

The OnAir 3000 design is based on a completely modular desk and a new DSP engine. The fader module includes six fader strips, and up to eight fader modules may be fitted, giving a maximum console size of 48 faders. Layout options range from a highly comprehensive engineer-operated continuity console to a single fader panel for DJ and newsroom use or even a PC-operated system with no physical desk controls. The console has three main stereo mix buses plus an audition facility, four stereo aux. buses, 16 mix-minus sends, configurable as AUXes and three independent studio monitoring circuits and offers full dynamics, EQ and input/output routing in each channel.

Director of Radio Murski val, Dejan Fujs, states, “The OnAir 3000 is responsible for creating new ways of understanding radio equipment and new ways of achieving high quality radio editing and broadcasting. The user-friendly interface allows everybody involved, from the sound engineers to the reporters and announcers, to use this equipment effectively and efficiently. The employees at Radio Murski val are extremely satisfied with the OnAir 3000, but even more so are the listeners.�

Editor-in-chief of Radio Murski val, Marjan Dora, explained, “We are extremely satisfied with the acquisition of the OnAir 3000 to our broadcast studio. The desk was easy to install and we now have the ability to compete in a very strong European market.�

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A Divine Performance of Crown Amplifiers at Heaven’s Rehearsal Event

ELKHART, Indiana – Powering audio in a major live sound application, PA Plus provided live sound reinforcement for “Heaven’s Rehearsal,� a multi-denominational musical event that featured a house band, full orchestra and five-hundred member choir. The event took place on November 1, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

PA Plus utilized 80 Crown I-Tech amplifiers to power the large format JBL VerTec® line array. “In order to maintain both group and independent control over all the arrays, we chose to use the Crown I-Tech amplifiers along with HiQnet™ System Architect™ software to provide all the required processing,� stated Mark Radu, Systems Engineer of PA Plus. “We turned the basic 30,000 seat system within System Architect and stored it as a preset. As we added array sections to attain coverage up to the full 55,000-seat capacity, the system was re-tuned and saved as a preset. The Crown I-Tech amplifiers and System Architect gave us all the processing power and flexibility we needed.�

The Rogers Centre proved to be an extremely acoustically challenging venue, due to its massive amount of concrete and glass with a retractable steel dome roof that extends 325ft above the field. Additionally, a large portion of ticket sales were sold during the day of the event, therefore there was no accurate way to predict what areas of the stadium would need sound coverage.

“The system design worked as planned and we were able to focus acoustic energy only where it needed and minimize spill,� added Radu. “John Lacina, our senior engineer, did a great job with the FOH mix and was really able to make the system shine in such an acoustically demanding environment. Overall, considering all the challenges involved, I think everyone was pleasantly surprised with the final result.� heavenrehersal.jpg

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Taher Sound & Lights Bring Power To The People With JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays For Sonia Gandhi Event In India

jbl_soniagandhi.jpgNORTHRIDGE, California – In a historic application of JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Taher Sound & Lights recently provided the live sound reinforcement system for an appearance by Sonia Gandhi, President of India’s Congress political party, in the Anantapur district of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The event, which drew a crowd estimated at more than 750,000 people, was designed to generate support for the ruling Congress party in the upcoming state legislative assembly elections.

Taher Sound & Lights deployed a total of 24 loudspeaker arrays to cover a total area of 190 acres. The main scaffolding towers to support the arrays of VERTEC VT4889 large-format line array loudspeakers were set at a height of 12 meters (40 feet). JBL VRX and SRX loudspeaker systems were also in use along with Taher’s custom horn-loaded, 3-way systems. Numerous VRX932 arrays were used for supplemental fill speakers, with VRX and SRX systems in use as signal-delayed array locations. JBL 4890A Array Series loudspeakers and VRX915M stage monitors were also used for the event.

Zakir Hussain, Chief Engineer for Taher Sound & Lights, was responsible for the overall event sound design and mix engineering, assisted by colleagues Mr. Ayub, Mr. Mukaram, Mr. Kuddus, and Mr. Paresh. Mr. Anwar handled stage monitor duties, while Mr. Hyder was responsible for backstage duties. Mr. Wahed Ali served as production manager. “Having the contract to provide sound for such a big audience over a large area is a serious responsibility, and our company has a long history of successfully managing projects of this nature for our country’s government functions and political-party events,� noted Zakir Hussain. “Taher Sound & Lights acquired its first JBL VERTEC system in 2004 and we have been very proud to have it to help ensure our success on projects of this magnitude. Now, with JBL’s new V4 DSP presets, the system sounds fantastic.�

Syed Layaq Ali, Director of Taher Sound & Lights, recently increased his company’s stock holdings of VERTEC enclosures, adding another 12 VT4889 full-size line array elements and eight VT4880A Ultra Long Excursion arrayable subwoofers to the existing rental inventory.

Taher Sound & Lights can be reached at +91-9849808354 or via the company’s website at www.tslindiaonline.com

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PROPELLERHEAD ANNOUNCES PASCAL GABRIEL’S MELOPHOBIA MACHINE REFILL

Latest Creator Series Refill Brings Platinum Producer’s Skills, Sounds, Studio and Artistic Touch to the Reason Community

Propellerhead today announces the latest installment in the Creator Series: Pascal Gabriel’s Melophobia Machine ReFill. The Melophobia Machine ReFill for Reason version 4 opens the lid of legendary hit maker Pascal Gabriel’s sonic treasure chest—a mass of highly useful, production-ready loops, samples and instruments for songwriters and producers looking to add those unexpected elements that can turn a bland track into a masterpiece.

Pascal Gabriel’s Melophobia Machine ReFill lets Reason users tap straight into the working methods of free thinking producer Pascal Gabriel, providing instant access to his particular kind of magic. The ReFill library gives users a chance to add unique material from actual Pascal productions. Drum kits, guitar loops, effect patches, sampled keyboards, bass patches, FX loops; it’s all there. With a sonic palette ranging from unpolished to outrageous, the Melophobia Machine ReFill is perfect for adding color to any production.

Pricing and Availability
Pascal Gabriel’s Melophobia Machine is available immediately exclusively as a download from the Propellerhead online shop for $49.00 USD and €49.00 EUR.

http://www.propellerheads.se/go/A517EEAE

About Pascal Gabriel
Over the years, Pascal Gabriel has lent his skills to an impressive amount of top artists including Dido, New Order, Bomb the Bass, Miss Kittin, Ladyhawke, Kylie Minogue and more. A longtime collector of odd gear and instruments, with a knack for using them in odd new ways, Pascal Gabriel is a true studio experimentalist—with a sound that is very much his own.

Further information and sound samples can be found at:

http://www.propellerheads.se/pascalgabriel

About Propellerhead Software
Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1994, Propellerhead has created some of the most innovative new music software (ReBirth, ReCycle and Reason) and technology standards, including ReWire and the REX file format, which are used extensively in all kinds of music production. Propellerhead ReBirth program was the first virtual emulation of vintage analog gear—a trend that now dominates music software. www.propellerheads.se

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SonicPool Announces Latest Documentary & Short Film Projects, Including “Finding Aloha”

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Hollywood, CA, Nov. 20, 2008 – SonicPool, one of Hollywood’s leading post facilities, specializing in audio and video finishing, edit suite rentals, and full post-production services, has announced its latest documentary film and short film projects. The announcement was made by John Frost and Patrick Bird, co-founders, SonicPool.

Latest SonicPool Projects are:

“THE MAN WHO RAN AROUND THE WORLD:�

For client Make Believe Media, Inc., SonicPool provided the mix for this documentary film about a Swiss couple—Serge and Nicole Roetheli, who were determined to run more than 25,000 miles around the world, crossing six continents, in efforts that took more than five years of their lives. This documentary footage was shot by the Roetheli’s with their own home video camera. By running in conjunction with their partnerships with a number of international charities, the couple’s running routes included visits to various children’s hospitals and other charitable outposts located around the globe.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Make Believe Media, Inc., is a creative production company with a history of delivering successful, quality programming for broadcast. The company was formed by Lynn Booth in 1999 to create outstanding documentaries and nonfiction series. Over its first nine years, Make Believe has established itself as one of the most innovative documentary production companies in Western Canada. With over thirty hours of internationally distributed programming, Make Believe Media has earned a reputation of delivering quality television for the world’s audiences. Since 2007 all of the company’s films and TV series are produced in High Definition.

“FINDING ALOHA:�

On behalf of client Outereef Productions, SonicPool provided the mix for this exciting and high profile Surf Cinema documentary film. Dave Irvin, Producer/Editor, said, “SonicPool’s experience in working with independent film projects was a real asset to our team. And they bent over backwards to get us our mix in time for our film’s premiere!â€?

“Finding Aloha� marks a cinematic convergence of body and mind. It contains dynamic action footage, some of the most stunning ever to appear on film, but it is also a testament to the human spirit. Armed with both qualities of physical prowess and a gentle heart, these adventurous athletes find the key to harmony in the Hawaiian Islands. The 60-minute film, written and directed by Phil Waller, and produced by Outereef Productions, recently made its debut at the Hawaii International Film Festival and will also show soon at the Maui Film Festival.

“PURGE:�

And, on behalf of client, filmmaker Brad Kammlah, SonicPool delivered the mix and the online color correction for this short dramatic film. Said Kammlah, “Working with Sonic Pool was great! Their professionalism and knowledge really brought out the best in our project. The team at SonicPool is really professional, and they represent a very talented post house. “

Written and directed by Kammlah, “Purge� is the story of a woman’s struggle to mask the pain from years of sexual abuse. The lead character, Joy, finds herself trapped in a secret addiction. But when her mother refuses to believe the truth about her father, Joy tries to find her own way out.

ABOUT SONICPOOL:

Launched in Hollywood in 2001, SonicPool was co-founded by post production specialists John Frost and Patrick Bird. Each of the men currently serves the company as a President and CEO.

SonicPool is comprised of 14 SD & HD Offline and Online Edit Suites, two Theatrical Mix Stages and two additional Mix Suites, as well as a complete Machine Room Services with all the standard SD & HD decks, including HD-Cam SR with 4:4:4 capabilities. The company’s post production services include Audio and Video Finishing, edit suite rentals, and media duplication. SonicPool’s creative services include radio production. Additionally, the company offers its clients production office space rentals to accompany Offline Edit Suites.

SonicPool’s clients run the full gamut of the entertainment and broadcasting industries, which clients ranging from major studio releases, independent feature films, TV programs, and radio, to DVD menu sound design, TV commercials, gaming, mobile and Internet projects.

SonicPool is located at 6860 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA, 90038.
The phone is 323/460-4MIX, and the web address is: www.sonicpool.com

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WPTV NEWS CHANNEL 5 INSTALLS SOLID STATE LOGIC C100 HD CONSOLE

C100 Delivers the Digital Pathway Necessary for DTV Broadcasting in 2009

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Solid State Logic, manufacturer of high quality digital consoles for the broadcast market, is pleased to announce the installation of a C100 HD console at WPTV News Channel 5. The station, an NBC affiliate and part of the Scripps-Howard network of stations, provides live local and national news coverage and weather reporting. The 32-fader, 64-channel C100 HD console supports the audio throughput of on-air news personalities and server based content, while streamlining the production flow of the station and delivering the digital pathway necessary for the all-digital broadcast mandate in 2009. more

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FLAXWOOD GUITARS PICK ELIXIR® STRINGS AS STRING OF CHOICE

JOEENSUU, FINLAND, NOVEMBER 19, 2008 — Finland-based Flaxwood is taking its models to a higher level by migrating all of its guitars to Elixir® Strings. After six years of using an alternative brand of strings, the company will outfit its line of revolutionary molded wood electric guitars with light gauge Elixir® Strings with NANOWEB® coating as of January 2009. more

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