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NEW YORK, NY, March 20, 2009 ─ Creative Group, the industry’s premier full-service post production facility, announces the appointment of Eric Alvarado as senior colorist. Alvarado brings a diverse background in color correction for film, television, music videos and commercials to Creative Group, exemplifying the company’s commitment to dedicating top-tier talent for its large roster of projects. more

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— Audio veterans Dennis Baxter and Dr. Fred Ginsburg to impart practical and real-world information on surround sound/sports broadcast and the use of lavalier microphones —

STOW, OH, March 20, 2009 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in microphone and headphone technology, is holding a series of informative seminar events during NAB 2009 at the company’s booth, N2121.

At 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Monday 4/20, Tuesday 4/21 and Wednesday 4/22, audio/broadcast veteran Dennis Baxter will present seminars on Surround Sound for Sports Broadcasting. Baxter is a multiple EMMY® winner and the sound designer for the 2004, 2006, 2008 and upcoming 2010 Olympic Games, as well as the author of A Practical Guide to Television Sound Engineering.

At 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Monday 4/20, Tuesday 4/21 and Wednesday 4/22, Dr. Fred Ginsburg, specialist in production sound recording for motion pictures and video, will present seminars on the Placement and Use of Lavalier Microphones. Ginsburg is a distinguished member of the Cinema Audio Society (C.A.S.). His background includes nearly two decades as a sound mixer on feature films, episodic TV and commercials, as well as for corporate and government applications. An extensively published author, Ginsburg currently serves on the faculty at California State University Northridge.

Audio-Technica Seminar Schedule (Booth N2121)

Surround Sound for Sports Broadcasting (Dennis Baxter)
Monday 4/20; Tuesday 4/21; Wednesday 4/22 – 11:00 am, 3:00 pm (each day)

Placement and Use of Lavalier Microphones (Dr. Fred Ginsburg, C.A.S.)
Monday 4/20; Tuesday 4/21; Wednesday 4/22 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm (each day)

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Ideal for Any HD or SD Video Operation

Las Vegas, NV, March 20, 2009 – Nucomm, soon to be part of The Vitec Group’s RF Extreme, LLC and a leading provider of digital and analog microwave systems for the broadcast industry, common carrier, cable, government, military and international marketplace, is featuring its signature GoPac 2 multi-function portable COFDM transmit system at NAB 2009 (Booth C3707). Designed to deliver the highest quality HD or SD video coverage, the GoPac 2 is based on Nucomm’s award-winning CamPac 2 wireless camera transmitter. Its package brings the exciting new technology, expanding the capabilities of any video transmission operations. more

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Las Vegas, NV, March 20, 2009 – RF Central, soon to be part of The Vitec Group’s RF Extreme, LLC and a leading digital microwave technology provider, is presenting its RFX-CMT-II camera-mounted transmitters in both 2 GHz and 5.8 GHz at NAB 2009 (Booth C3707). The 2 GHz unit is designed for live ENG news and sports broadcast applications and the 5.8 GHz unit is geared for live sports stadium, arena coverage and license free applications. Both offer complete HD upgradeability with the latest in high-quality, low-latency, HD encoding technology. more

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Good Morning America’s Music Mix Master Rocks U2 on Fordham U Campus Using Yamaha DM2000s

jc-at-yamaha-dm2000s.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯More than 10,000 students and faculty at Fordham University were treated to a surprise visit and six-song set by U2 at the school’s Bronx, New York campus which aired live on Good Morning America (ABC) Friday, March 6. The appearance — capping U2’s weeklong promo for the band’s new CD No Line on the Horizon — took place on the steps of the university’s gothic Keating Hall. The packed crowd weathered the cold, some staking a spot as early as 1:30 am once the rumor of the band’s Friday morning concert was confirmed.

On hand, JC Convertino, music mix engineer for all Good Morning America’s concerts, recorded the event using Kooster McAllister’s remote truck and dual Yamaha DM2000 digital audio consoles. Convertino, who has been with GMA for over ten years, handled all live music mixing for the GMA broadcast. He began his career more than 30 years ago in recording studios such as The Hit Factory and Sigma Sound where he worked on projects such as the Talking Heads “Speaking in Tongues�, Madonna’s “Holiday� and Miles Davis “Siesta� as well as mixing for Jellybean Benitez, Velvet Underground’s “Another VU�, and James Brown’s “In The Jungle Groove� to name a few.

Still keeping his hands in producing and mixing, Convertino recently completed a project for new artist Miggs, who’s first single “Perfect� is now on the charts. A cross between the Killers meets U2 with guitar orchestration, the singer/songwriter/guitarist along with two bandmates’ music is more pop than alternative. Partnering with Miggs on a couple of upcoming ventures, the music mix engineer also recommended a Yamaha DM2000 to the artist that now resides in Miggs’ recording studio in Tampa.

For the U2 concert, Convertino patched into a few pieces of outboard gear in McAllister’s truck just to warm up Bono’s voice and guitars. “The Yamaha DM2000 comes pretty well stacked with effects,� he says.

At Good Morning America, Convertino and his team take pride in excelling at being the best at the morning (or even evening) concert shows. “I don’t have time for surprises, so I like to get the bands’ producer and sound engineer involved and will reach out to them well ahead of time to find out their rider needs so we make them comfortable. We have an arsenal of microphones and outboard gear on hand, for example.�

kooster-bob-q-and-jc.jpg“On a remote gig like U2 and using the DM2000 that recalls everything, we had different delay times for each song for Bono, and when the recall is up, it’s there, it’s wonderful. Edge’s guitar is a whole instrumentation in itself. With live music segments on an early morning show, time is a factor. Everything has to be up, work, have everyone comfortable with it, and just go. We don’t have the luxury of a long rehearsal or sound check with the time it takes for load in (usually around midnight), building the stage, working with the live production team – a pleasure to work with by the way – and on-air by 7:00 am.â€?

Convertino recently did a charity benefit with a performance by John Mayer and Rob Thomas and says that when you don’t have enough set up time to store levels, recalling the set up instantly is a testament to the power of the Yamaha console.

“It’s important for all engineers to know how, and be prepared to mix, all kinds of instruments whether using analog or digital. Another good thing about the DM2000 is that it’s not brain surgery; you can get familiar with it pretty quickly even if coming from an analog background.�

“At GMA, we’re pretty self contained and with a range of guest artists meeting a wide demographic from country and rock bands like U2, to jazz and classical artists like Andrea Bocelli, we have to be at the top of our game⎯there’s no room for error. Mixing is what we focus on. The whole purpose of what we do is for people at home to hear exactly what the live audience hears.�

For more information on the Yamaha DM2000 digital audio console, contact Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone 714-522-9011; e-mail; or visit


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the recent purchase of NEXO loudspeakers by Yamaha Corporation Japan, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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WEST CHESTER, PA, MARCH 20, 2009—Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport technology, A-Net®, has expanded its Applications & Technical Training Program. The initiative was originally launched last summer, and this year, the company has significantly expanded the program to include multiple interactive webcast sessions each month. Since the beginning of this year, the company has been hosting five or more of these sessions per month. The new expanded initiative features two training programs: one set of sessions designed for contractors, consultants, and other audio professionals and a second set designed specifically for end users. more

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Czech Television Broadcasts FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in HD with Studer Vista 8

Czech Television’s HD OB Van was in operation during the entire FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, between February 18th and March 1st, to the great satisfaction of the sound engineers. The only threat to the event was the possibility of no snow, which would have been a nightmare for the organizing committee, but finally 120 cm of snowfall over the period of the event meant that all the connecting cables from the truck to the remote stageboxes almost became a fixed installation until the early summer! studervista8.jpg

Higher temperatures and a thaw over the last 2 days finally allowed the crew of the HD Van to leave Liberec. “Over 50 hours of live broadcast was made on the Vista 8, an integral part of Czech Television’s first HD OB Van. All the standard features of this digital system, in particular the user-friendly intuitive operation, very good sound quality and overall system robustness passed the demanding test of this sports event under severe weather conditions.â€? The events were watched by nearly 200,000 spectators over the 2 week period.

“This comprehensive live application confirmed that the Studer Vista is able to meet our demanding expectations,” reported Mr. Milan Gazdik, Senior Engineer of Audioengineering, Czech TV Prague and a member of the EBU Production Management Committee.

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Historic Rialto Theatre And SIA Acoustics Bring Past To Present With New JBL VERTEC® Powered Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In a dramatic restoration of one of the most historic vaudeville theaters in the country, SIA Acoustics recently consulted on a unique 2-part acoustic renovation at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. The upgrade is part of the not-for-profit theater’s third year in operation as part of the City of Tucson’s Rio Nuevo project to help revitalize downtown Tucson. rialtotheatre.jpg

Originally built in 1920, the Rialto Theatre still boasts its original historic interior with an art deco motif, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It was voted “Best Indoor Venue� for 2008 in the Best of Tucson awards. Recent and upcoming entertainment acts featured at the 1,800-seat facility represent a broad range of artists including Bruce Cockburn, the Jason Mraz Trio, GWAR, Eric Johnson, Candlebox, the Robert Cray Band and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. In addition to being a renowned concert facility, the theatre also hosts dance, performing arts and film screening events. In keeping with its recent renovation and prestigious honors, the new audio system at the proscenium-stage venue features JBL VERTEC® DP Series powered line arrays.

“The Rialto presents a wide range of musical and spoken word productions, so we selected a sound system capable of serving these varied types, providing both improved intelligibility and musical impact,� said Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics. “The new JBL system will provide both clear, intelligible speech to every seat, while still being able to provide tonally balanced and high impact music.�

The $300,000 upgrade to the audio system includes a line array configuration of 16 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP-AN midsize powered line array elements equipped with JBL DrivePack® technology (eight per side). The system was configured using HiQnet™ System Architect™ software and is fully networked for remote control and monitoring. The system also features a dbx DriveRack 4800 for system EQ, signal routing and loudspeaker management.

The VERTEC system was chosen for its rider-friendly features and ease of installation. ““We selected the JBL cabinets based on their excellent audio performance and their acceptance by the tour sound community,� said Bruce Momich, Production Manager for the Rialto Theatre. “At the Rialto we want to provide an extremely high-quality experience for our audience, and we feel this system will help us meet that goal.�

Acoustically, SIA Acoustics improved the tonal balance of the Theatre, helping the room support a more powerful sound system. The result is a system that is optimized to deliver intelligible speech and high-impact musical productions. “The room was a good space for amplified performances as we found it, so we only made a few changes, mostly to help control mid and low frequency reverberation, and help the room support a much more powerful sound system,� Berkow noted. “The addition of a large ‘bass trap’ at the rear of the balcony will act to improve the sound throughout the Theatre.�

For more information on SIA Acoustics, please visit

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AVS Production Group, Ensures There Is No End To Great Sound And Great Music At New York City’s Terminal 5 With Harman Professional Sound System

NORTHRIDGE, California — In a demonstration of Harman Professional components providing rental companies and venues with the sonic performance and reliability coupled with the networked configuration and control of Harman HiQnet™, premier rental house, AVS Production Group, formerly known as Abe V Systems, has deployed for the last 2 years, a JBL VERTEC rig powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers to New York City’s dynamic and progressive Terminal 5 live music venue. Terminal 5 is part of the successful Bowery Presents Production Company and family of venues that also includes the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Welmont Theater and Music Hall At Williamsburg.

The system at Terminal 5 comprises two arrays of ten JBL VERTEC VT4888 Line Array elements powered by 24 Crown I-Tech 8000s and hung on either side of the stage augmented by self-powered JBL VRX Series loudspeakers arranged in delay clusters throughout the venue. The FOH system was designed and configured using Harman’s HiQnet System Architect.

terminal5.jpgAccording to Abe Viera Jr. HiQnet System Architect provides his team integrators with a highly functional, intuitive user interface that help them to standardize operations and apply best practices. “System Architect enables me to train my team on one platform and for each member of the team to gain expertise in one interface,� said Viera. “This translates to better system design and operation but also the labor and money savings as we become more efficient!�

Viera also points to equipment savings enabled by HiQnet. “Having the DSP functionality in the amp with the programmability of System Architect is like having enables us to have a much stronger product�, said Viera. “By the time you’re at the console the way we can deliver a system is just far beyond what we could do in the past. We have been using the system for a year now and we won’t do anything without System Architect.�

Commenting on the loudspeakers, Viera is a supporter of the VERTEC VT4888. “The 4888’s in many people’s opinion are a great sounding box. It just sounds really good and when you’re a premium service provider like we are, you cannot compromise on the sonic integrity,� said Viera. “Our business serves the top venues and leading artists in the New York Metro Area and our trademarks are concierge-level attention to detail and absolutely great sound. We spend a lot of time going through every angle of the show, whereas others just come in, install and leave. This commitment has gotten us to where we are now and why customers continue to turn to us in good times and bad.�

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Camp Digital Mobile Production Company Hits The Road With Soundcraft Vi4â„¢ Digital Mixing Console

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nashville based television production company, Camp Digital, has included as the centerpiece of its audio capabilities a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console into its new JOURNEY HD mobile production truck. Providing state-of-the-art High Definition production around North America, JOURNEY HD has recently provided video and audio support for a wide range of productions, including the television special ‘Feel That Fire’ for Great American Country starring Dierks Bentley, the 35th anniversary DVD of the band Kansas and a DVD featuring Christian comedian Chonda Pierce.

JOURNEY HD is the first in a fleet of vehicles operated by Camp Digital, who is developing mobile production solutions to fit an ever-growing production market in need of high quality production resources at an affordable price. scraftjourneyhd.jpg

Commenting on the Soundcraft Vi4 installation into the JOURNEY HD is VP of Business Development Tom Gregory. “The 72 channel Vi4 has tremendously expanded our audio capabilities and is the perfect solution for JOURNEY HD as the footprint of the board fits comfortably into our truck.� Gregory continues, “As we work in a mobile environment, it is essential for all aspects of production to be as fast and efficient as possible. The Vi4 is accountable for streamlining our production from start to finish, and we have seen an incredible increase in productivity since we installed the Vi4.�

Tom Davis is one of the production mixers for JOURNEY HD as well as a consultant for the design of the audio side of the truck and he discusses the advantages of mixing on a Soundcraft Vi4 console. “The sound quality of the Vi4 is outstanding and the routing capabilities are extensive and straightforward. The Vistonics™ II interface is highly functional and extremely easy to use and the entire desk can be controlled at my fingertips without the hassle of digging through several menus,� Davis concludes.

Camp Digital is a partnership formed nearly two years ago by a group of Nashville video production professionals with the mission to create for themselves and others a sensible solution to the acquisition and production of music and entertainment events for television, home video, and non traditional media through the internet and other handheld/wireless devices. Camp Digital has nearly 100 years combined experience in the field of television and video production, and already has an additional vehicle, Passage HD, which will soon become part of their fleet.

For more information on Camp Digital, please visit

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