Archive for November 29th, 2010

Sennheiser Helps Light the Spirit of the Season as Crowds Gather for Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center

New York – November 29, 2010: Tomorrow evening, thousands of people will gather at Rockefeller Plaza for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The classic event, which has been an annual tradition since 1933, will feature live performances by Susan Boyle, Charice and many others. Wireless First, a Mount Vernon, NY-based production specialist, has chosen Sennheiser to provide the wireless infrastructure for the event for the ninth consecutive year. The event will appear on local and national prime-time television, broadcasting to millions of people.

Aside from the obvious logistical challenges of mounting and decorating a giant Norwegian Spruce with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights, Rockefeller Center presents mammoth Radio Frequency (RF) challenges to wireless operators. Rockefeller Plaza is in extremely close proximity to Radio City Music Hall and most of the major television broadcast networks, presenting a significant challenge that can only be overcome by superior wireless equipment.

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Oink Ink and Verbatim Studios Add Advertising Pro Robin Cambre

Veteran account executive to spearhead new business for creative shop & recording studio
New York, NY—Oink Ink, the creative ad shop, and sister recording facility Verbatim Studios cap off a yearlong period of expansion with the addition of Robin Cambre, who will head up new business opportunities and creative initiatives for both companies.

Cambre is a seasoned account director and supervisor, having worked in the upper echelons of multiple noted ad agencies for over 25 years. Most recently she served as Senior Account Director at Gravitas & AdTraction in New York City, where she was directly responsible for client relations and numerous advertising accounts, including medical, financial, cosmetics, and hospitality firms. A native of New Orleans, LA, Cambre has called New York home for the last four years.

Robin Cambre

Robin Cambre

“We’ve been looking for many months for someone to handle our recent growth,� said Oink Ink and Verbatim more

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Advanced Audio Deploys Yamaha Console with Dante Card to Riverfront Amphitheatre

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems, Inc. of Peoria, Illinois is using one of the first Dante MY16-AUD cards developed by Audinate for Yamaha with an M7CL-48 digital audio console at the historic CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria. The amphitheatre seats 2,500 with wide-ranging events from national acts MOE, Government Mule, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Brothers, Allison Krauss, Bela Fleck to regional acts, and ethnic festivals such as OktoberFest and Irish Fest.

The Dante card is providing connectivity from front of house to house left and right, in fills and out fills, and separate monitor mixes when a side stage monitor console is not deployed. A tablet PC running Yamaha Studio Manager (and soon to be an iPad running the new Yamaha StageMix App) enables engineers to provide quality control over the monitor system, cost savings in manpower, and added equipment rentals.

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Trio of Soundcraft Vi Consoles For Doctor Who Live Tour

Three Soundcraft Vi consoles–two Vi6 and a Vi1–were supplied to BBC Worldwide by ADLIB Audio for the recent Doctor Who Live tour, which visited nine major UK arenas in October and November. All desks were originally supplied by Sound Technology Ltd, Soundcraft’s UK/ROI distributors.

This action-packed stage version of the cult TV series stars a selection of classic and favourite Doctor Who monsters including The Daleks and Cybermen, with Nigel Planer as ‘intergalactic showman’ and archetypal baddie, Vorgenson.

The tour’s 270-degree sound system was specified by XL Events’ Rich Rowley, who was also instrumental in choosing ADLIB to supply the kit. The sound company itself fielded a vastly experienced team, including Tony Szabo (systems engineer), Chris Leckie (FOH, on a Soundcraft Vi6), with Fergus Mount handling audio playback on a Soundcraft Vi1, and Marc Peers mixing monitors on a second Vi6.

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Trey Songz Opens Usher’s OMG Tour With AKG Microphones, Networking Solution

Following his fourth studio album release in September, R&B sensation Trey Songz has teamed up with Usher for the international OMG Tour, utilizing AKG microphones for lead vocals and his band’s lead guitar and percussion. With a 40-minute set each of the 58 nights of the tour, Songz’s relies on top-quality technology to deliver memorable performances to hundreds of thousands of fans in the world’s most famous venues.

Trey Songz’s performances are highlighted with an AKG D 7 mic with a D 7 Reference Dynamic Capsule for lead vocals. The lead guitarist is heard through an AKG C 214, while the drummer snaps C 519’s to his set. The mic system is networked through the AKG WMS 4500 Wireless System.

“The AKG line sounds great and are some of the best vocal mics I’ve heard in the industry,� stated Bryon “Hot Dog� Tate, front of house engineer for more

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Studer Vista Series Digital Consoles Are the Favorite of Top Talk Show Engineers

Studer’s Vista 9 and Vista 8 digital mixing consoles have quickly become a favorite of broadcast engineers, thanks to features like their easy to use Vistonics™ touchscreen interface, fast, flexible operation that’s ideally suited to a live TV environment, and pristine sound quality. Currently, Vista 9 and Vista 8 consoles are being used on “Dr. Phil,� “NFL on FOX,� “The Martha Stewart Show,� “The Wendy Williams Show� and many other popular shows, and most recently, for “Conan,� the new Conan O’Brien show on TBS.

All Mobile Video is the country’s premier provider of end-to-end video and audio broadcast solutions for entertainment, sports, and news programming and events. They provide a complete range of on-site and mobile services, with the ability to handle any broadcast production requirement from daily TV broadcasts to major sporting events. Currently, All Mobile Video is using Studer Vista 8 consoles on “The Martha Stewart Show,� more

Studer Vista 5 Console Provides Surround Sound For Fela! At the National

When the Broadway blockbuster Fela! transferred to London’s National Theatre on the South Bank this month, Tony Award-winning sound designer Robert Kaplowitz took advantage of the auditorium’s vastly different form to rework his original soundscape, with a Studer Vista 5 digital console at the control centre.

Portraying the life of Nigerian political activist and musician Fela Kuti had required the audience to be immersed in a soundfield as part of the adventurous production–but at the National he decided to go a step further.

The opportunity came when the National’s Sound Operations Manager, Borneo Brown, and assistants, Matt Berry and Ed Ferguson, requisitioned a 42-fader, custom-configured Studer Vista 5 digital console for the production.

“I had hoped to have used this desk for the Broadway production–but for various reasons it didn’t happen,â€? said Kaplowitz. Of the advanced feature set offered by the Vista 5, the highlight–as far as more

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Hollywood Outdoor Movies Provides Complete Entertainment With JBL VRX Constant Curvature Line Arrays

Providing the greater Los Angeles area with a unique twist on the late night movie, Hollywood Outdoor Movies (HOM) relies on JBL VRX loudspeakers to entertain thousands by displaying feature films on a giant portable outdoor movie screen. With audiences ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,500 people, HOM owner John J. Snyder’s VRX system is using his JBL VRX system to deliver high-impact sound for movie exhibitions throughout southern California.

From Exposition Park and La Cienega Park, to the Fashion Institute of Design and an area of Los Angeles known as “The Cornfields,� HOM arranges day-long events for families that include live music, games, food, costume contests and of course, a feature film on screens up to 100 feet wide.

“We focus on making each screening a large, family-friendly event, rather than just showing a movie for an hour and a half,� stated Snyder. “We try more

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EASTWEST Cyber Monday Symphonic Orchestra Sale

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST, the industry leader in virtual software instruments, is offering Cyber Monday discounts on their popular Symphonic Orchestra virtual instrument for two days only: Monday, November 29 and ending Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at midnight (PST).

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Cyber Monday Symphonic Orchestra Discounts:
• Platinum Plus – $995 retail, $395 SALE
• Platinum – $895 retail, $345 SALE
• Gold – $495 retail, $195 SALE

PLAY-to-PLAY Upgrades:
• Silver to Gold – $349 retail, $149 SALE
• Silver to Platinum – $749 retail, $299 SALE
• Silver to Platinum Plus – $849 retail, $349 SALE
• Gold to Platinum – $449 retail, $199 SALE
• Gold to Platinum Plus – $549 retail, $249 SALE

NI-to-PLAY Upgrades (Last chance to upgrade)
• Silver to Gold – $399 retail, $199 SALE
• Silver to Platinum – $799 retail, more

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Martin Audio Fills Comic Entertainments With Glee

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––Pacific Sound & Light’s Challenging Flagship Venue Installation––

Having provided technical infrastructures for three other Glee Clubs around the country, Paul Duffy’s Pacific Sound & Light faced their toughest challenge yet masterminding the new flagship venue, set in a former Jongleurs in Nottingham’s historic British Waterways Building.

Owned by Mark Tughan’s Comic Enterprises, these hybrid theatres host a diverse program of entertainment––from comedy to eclectic folk and emerging and established artists. But it was the enormous width and narrow depth of Nottingham’s main theater, complemented by a ‘letterbox’ balcony with raked seating and difficult sightlines that provided the real challenge.

Pacific needed to source a sound system that would give even venue coverage across the frequency range — whoever was performing on stage. Having provided problem-free Martin Audio solutions to Comic Enterprises for the past ten years, the British manufacturer again became Paul Duffy’s first port of call. “After using more

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