Archive for July 15th, 2009

JBL Tour Systems In The House For 50,000 At Global Gathering Freedom Festival Belarus 2009

In a high-profile international application of JBL touring systems this summer, rental sound company Touring Services supplied an expansive audio system for the Global Gathering Freedom Festival at the Borovaya Airfield in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus in northern Europe. The system included products from JBL’s VERTEC® DP Series and HLA Series loudspeaker lines.

Major internationally known DJs were featured, including Axwell, Steve Angello, Dubfire, Sebastien Leger, D. Ramirez, Menno De Jong, Micky Slim, Paul Thomas, and Eston. World-renowned performance artist D.J. Tiesto was the headline act on the festival. Touring Services, a division of ART Studio Pro, was the rental sound company responsible for audio production at the event, with Vladimir Klimenko in charge as the chief system engineer.

Due to the airfield location of the event, a very large crowd could be accommodated. Event organizers had originally planned for 15,000 people but were reportedly surprised when total pre-event ticket sales reached 36,000. Final onsite attendance was estimated at 50,000 persons.

This year’s event included two main stages and a third, separate foam dance floor. Assembly of the stages and other support fixtures started on the afternoon of June 24 and by the morning of June 27 the site construction was fully completed. Sound checks were scheduled on event day, June 27, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The gates opened at 6 PM and non-stop music lasted until the early morning hours.

The Freedom Stage featured JBL VERTEC DP Series arrays, suspended from construction cranes. A total of 24 VT4888DP-AN midsize powered line array elements, equipped with JBL DrivePack™ technology, were supported by 12 VT4880A full-size arrayable subwoofers driven by Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers. “It’s a real pleasure to work with JBL’s VERTEC DP systems,� noted Roman Klimenko, sound engineer in charge of the Freedom Stage. “We recently updated the entire system with JBL’s new V4 DSP presets. Everything is simple, loud and clear. Plus, Harman’s HiQnet™ is truly amazing. Any configuration that we had to do was accomplished within the networked JBL DrivePack units, quickly and easily.�

The Global Stage was served by a JBL HLA system, with 24 4895 full-range elements and 12 4897A bass modules driven with BSS 366 OmniDrive signal processing and Crown MA-5000 series amplifiers.

The Touring Services sound crew had several challenges to meet, including the co-location of two different competing stages, and proximity of the crowd to the loudspeakers at the Freedom Stage site. “The task was to set up the two sound systems so as not to interfere each other. For this, we calculated appropriate signal delay settings, using Harman’s HiQnet System Architect™ software for aligning signals in the Crown I-Tech amplifiers for both stages,� noted Vladimir Klimenko. “At the Freedom Stage, our task was to provide a comfortable listening zone for the front audience areas, and a very loud, high-quality sound for the back rows. For this we first calculated all the array settings and site characteristics using JBL’s Line Array Calculator software and we were able to achieve a nearly flat frequency response for distances from directly below the loudspeaker arrays, out to 115 meters [377 feet].�

Due to the high quality and specific character of the recorded sound material, with tracks that were well-balanced and highly compressed for maximum dance-music impact, the Touring Services crew found that they were able to give the DJ’s and visiting engineers what Vladimir Klimenko called “99.99 percent� of the total SPL capabilities of the systems, without the need to have additional, significant headroom. “The systems were operated hard like this for 12 hours straight without any problems�, he confirmed. “All in all, we were proud to be involved in such a large, significant event as the Global Gathering Freedom Festival. It was a good test for our equipment and for our personnel’s skills. And I can declare with conviction that both the equipment and our staff coped with all the challenges, achieving a great success,� vouched Vladimir Klimenko. “We wanted to make the earth tremble at this festival, and we did. VERTEC was up to the mark as it always is. The audience and performers were delighted with the high quality and sheer loudness of the sound produced by our JBL systems. What can I say? It creates a sort of magic, the magic of JBL’s sound system technology.�

For more information on Touring Services in Belarus, see www.artstudiopro.com

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EAW and FOCUS, S.A. Hold Clinic for Freelance Audio Technicians in Spain

Loudspeaker manufacturer and award-winning Catalonian rental/theater firm host informative seminar for the area’s audio engineer/contractor community

Whitinsville, MA, USA, July 14, 2009 – Spanish firm FOCUS, S.A. continued to show their support for EAW products by recently holding an in-depth seminar and workshop for freelance sound technicians. FOCUS serves as a rental company for many high-profile touring companies in the area, so it is very common for third party and freelance technicians to be setting up and operating FOCUS-supplied EAW units. This seminar was intended to prepare those individuals to properly handle EAW equipment and make educated decisions on the setup and configuration of such products, along with some basic discussions of the technology involved. Pepe Ferrer and Ferran Diez of FOCUS acted as the event’s primary lecturers. more

WAVES PRESENTS CLA CLASSIC COMPRESSORS

— Waves expands its Modeling Series with four classic compressor / limiters developed with GRAMMY®-winning mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge —

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 15, 2009 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, continues its emphasis on collaboration with top engineers, producers, and mixers as it presents the CLA Classic Compressors, developed in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge. With an engineering/mixing career spanning almost three decades, Chris Lord-Alge has worked alongside such artists as Green Day, U2, Tina Turner, James Brown, Nickelback, Rod Stewart, Santana, Steve Winwood, Celine Dion and many others. At the heart of his sound is a command of compression that gives each and every track he mixes its radio-ready punch. During the development process of CLA Classic Compressors, Lord-Alge worked closely with the Waves R&D team, resulting in impeccable models of four compressors considered true classics by audio engineers the world over. more

Get Married Says “I Do� to Real-Time Shared Storage Technology from Small Tree

Brides panicking over floral arrangements, guest seating and wedding vows have nothing on television show producers working on tight deadlines. For the producers of Get Married, the popular multi-channeled wedding planning resource program that airs on Lifetime Television and across the Internet on www.getmarried.com, a news-like production schedule was choking the Atlanta-based production facility’s limits. Needing a solution that would provide real-time editing, Get Married recently installed cost-effective shared storage technology from Small Tree, designer of simple-to-install, inexpensive Mac-based networking and shared storage products for professional video and audio editors.   

Featuring seven suites running Final Cut Pro across Mac G5’s, Get Married produces 65 episodes each year. Requiring a two month turnaround time to produce 10 to 12 episodes, the company was looking for a workflow solution that would enable each member of the production team to work concurrently on projects without having to worry about dropped frames or crippling the system. To improve workflow and productivity, Get Married installed Small Tree’s Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, along with its PEG6 6-port Ethernet card – both of which are a part of Small Tree’s new GraniteSTOR product line. 

“We’re currently working on our 12th episode since installing the [Small Tree] technology and we’ve had zero problems,� said David Francombe, executive producer for Get Married. “Our machines are running hard constantly and the Small Tree equipment easily handles the demands.�

“For each of our editors to be able to access info whenever they want, wherever they want with no worries, provides great peace of mind for us and our clients,� Francombe continued. “With the system’s affordability and scalability, Small Tree provides a solution that not only improves productivity, but also maximizes cost-efficiency.�

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert, making networking child’s play. Small Tree provides a complete portfolio of Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X customers.  Small Tree’s team of networking developers has extensive experience in high performance computing, and knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.  Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense.  For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit www.small-tree.com.

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AURALEX ENHANCES THE VOICE OF WOMEN’S AUDIO MISSION WITH IMPROVED SOUND IN NEW RECORDING STUDIO

WAM - Control RoomSAN FRANSISCO, CA – Auralex Acoustics recently aided the Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), which works to increase opportunities for women in the audio engineering industry, by improving the sound quality of WAM’s new recording studio with the addition of its state-of-the-art acoustical treatments. Auralex’s SonoSuede Panels, pArtScience SCREEN6 SpaceCouplers and its SonoFiber were installed in the control room to balance the audio quality of the space. more

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CAD Creates Timeless American Classic With E100S Condenser Mic

e100-front.jpgEngineered and built in the U.S.A. to the highest standard of quality, the new Equitek E100S large-diaphragm supercardioid condenser mic has the lowest noise floor in its class (3.7dBA), with the smooth vintage tone and full-bodied low end CAD is known for.

The E100S features a bootstrapped, full differential Quadra-FETâ„¢ front-end to ensure high sensitivity and low distortion.
A nickel-plated one-inch capsule delivers accurate phasing when miking instruments and a full, rich tone for vocals that is enhanced by the microphone’s extended low-end frequency response. CAD’s proprietary circuitry preserves all of the warmth and detail demanded by leading artists and engineers.

Additional features include an 80Hz hi-pass filter and a 10dB pad. A twin 5087 output driver provides low drive impedance. RoHS compliant, the E100S also features exceptional RF immunity. 48V phantom power is required.

Ideal for recording vocals, percussion, acoustic instruments and everything in between, the E100S is versatile enough to deliver exceptional performance on stage and in the studio. Supplied in a high quality cherry wood carrying case, the E100S also includes a stealth shock mount.

MSRP: $799

For more information about CAD Professional Microphones and technical specifications for the E100S, please call 800.762.9266 or click to www.cadmics.com.

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Hollywood Sound Designer Frank Serafine Partners With Soundsnap.com

Serafine joins top audio website with over 300,000 members offering more than 100,000 premium sounds and loops by top industry pros

Soundsnap.com, the leading sound library and community on the Internet, announces a new partnership with veteran Sound Designer Frank Serafine, who has worked on such films as Star Trek, The Addams Family, Field of Dreams and was part of the team that won an Oscar for Best Sound on The Hunt for Red October.

“I chose Soundsnap as my online partner because of their commitment to professional sound effects and their nice search capabilities, “ says Serafine of the partnership.

Serafine joins a team of notable sound design contributors including Paul Virostek (Million Dollar Baby, Ali, Batman Begins) and Ric Viers, who has produced sound effects libraries for Apple, Adobe, Sound Ideas, Hollywood Edge.

Soundsnap is the largest membership based sound library on the Internet. Used by music producers, sound designers, film editors, web designers, videogame developers and musicians, it has recently surpassed 300,000 registered members. Soundsnap features more than 100,000 sound effects and loops from some of the best Hollywood sound designers and cutting edge music producers in the industry. All content downloaded from Soundsnap.com can be used royalty free in any kind of production.

For more information, please visit: www.soundsnap.com
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Peavey Versarray Rocks Mayhem Tour

All That Remains on the Jägermeister Mobile Stage at Mayhem ‘09. Photo credit Kevin Baldes.For the second summer in a row, the Mayhem Tour is featuring the ribbon-loaded Versarray™ 212 line-array sound system from audio innovators Peavey Electronics.

As the exclusive sound system of the Jägermeister® Mobile Stage—a custom-built, traveling foldout stage housed in a 44-foot trailer—the Peavey Versarray 212 will provide articulate sound reinforcement for metal heavyweights Trivium, All That Remains, God Forbid and more as the festival crisscrosses the nation from July through August. more

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