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Splice Sound Editor Kelly Pieklo Counts Successes With Nuendo

Minneapolis-based post-production company Splice Here® ( and Sound Editor Kelly Pieklo


Sound Editor Kelly Pieklo

are enjoying some recent successes, thanks in large part to Steinberg’s Nuendo platform. Director Eric Howell’s “Ana’s Playground,� on which Pieklo filled Sound Editor and Sound Designer roles, recently made the Academy’s Short List for the 2011 Live-Action Short Film Oscar. Additionally, Director Brady Kiernan brought his feature, “Stuck Between Stations,� to Splice and Pieklo for all sound post-production services. The film premiered with four sold-out screenings at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011.

“Both of these projects were an absolute joy to be a part of, and each brought different creative sound editing challenges to the table,� says Pieklo. “The choice to work in Nuendo gave me the ability to speed up my editing and clean-up process, which in turn more

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 2011: Symetrix introduced the intuitive, powerful, and affordable Room Combine 788 with the audio system designer in mind. To highlight the benefits of the Room Combine 788, Symetrix has created a short video that describes its key features. The video, logically titled “Introduction to Room Combine 788,” is freely available at the company’s website,, or at

In a nutshell, the Room Combine 788 combines up to eight microphones and four background music sources in as many as eight different rooms. Full input conditioning, automatic mixing, and loudspeaker management makes any sound system a thing of sonic beauty, and Symetrix’ deeply-integrated support of Symetrix ARC wall panels and third-party user interfaces adds the polish that earns word of mouth referrals. But as the video shows, what sets the Room Combine 788 apart from other room combine more

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2011: At just over six acres, Madison Square Park sits at the heart of New York City, framed majestically by Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and East 23rd Street. Since its revitalization a decade ago, it has earned the love of New Yorkers near and far with beautiful landscaping, engaging community activities, and a fantastic summer concert series. Dubbed “The Oval Lawn Series,” the concerts can draw over a thousand people to enjoy blues, jazz, and folk acts with national recognition. The New York branch of respected consulting firm SIA Acoustics designs and implements the portable PA system anew each year in order to put promising new equipment through a torturous, real-world test. This year, more

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The combined four-room convention space at Chadron State College was easily networked using an Ashly ne24.24M processor and remote control wall panels.

CHADRON, NEBRASKA – JULY 2011: The students, staff, and visitors of Chadron State College in northwest Nebraska enjoy more than just a first-rate state school with deep historical significance in the region. They enjoy access to some of the finest outdoor sporting opportunities in the country, including award winning mountain biking, fishing and hunting. Those perks may partially explain the great success CSC has had renting its modest but tremendously flexible convention space. Located in the heart of the student center, which is itself in the heart of campus, the space is comprised of five separate rooms that can combine in a variety of permutations. Recently, Haggerty’s Audio Visual of nearby Rapid City, South Dakota more

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EAW® Loudspeakers Provide Great Sound for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Keynote Address to the Graduating Class of Spelman College

EAW®’s KF740 Line Array and SB1000z Subwoofers, deployed by AEE Productions, filled the room at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta with clear, articulate sound

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote graduation address to the 2011 class of Spelman College. The graduation event took place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Convention Center hall is huge, approximately 200 feet wide by 420 feet deep and able to hold in excess of 10,000 people. Still, the sound that filled the room that day was both clear and articulate, thanks to the use of EAW® loudspeaker systems.

The P.A. system, provided by Atlanta-based AEE Productions, utilized 16 EAW KF740 Three-Way Full Range Line Array Loudspeakers flown in two line arrays on either side of the 60-foot-wide stage. Another 16 EAW SB1000z Large Format Subwoofers were set up and stacked more

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HK Audio Offers Contractors and System Integrators Free “Configurator� App for Elements Line of Modular Sound Reinforcement Products

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— New App, available from Apple’s App Store, helps audio professionals decide on the ideal HK Elements system configuration based on performance type, venue and crowd size —

––Tutorial features and dealer locator also included ––

MELVILLE, NY, August 9, 2011 — As part of its ongoing efforts to streamline the system configuration process for contractors and system integrators, HK Audio offers a “Configurator� iPad®/iPhone/iPod touch App for its Elements line of modular sound reinforcement. The new App helps these audio professionals put together the ideal HK Elements system based on application. Systems range from 150-Watt configurations for speaking engagements, up to a full 3,600-Watt stereo system for live performance. The Elements range offers clients of contractors and system integrators a compact sound reinforcement solution with outstanding speech intelligibility and transparent sound quality for houses of worship, theaters, live more

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Guitar Center Professional Appoints Kurtis Ewing Account Manager, Based at GC Pro’s Sherman Oaks, California Location

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 9, 2011 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Kurtis Ewing to the position of Account Manager, based in the company’s Sherman Oaks, California location, effective immediately. In his new position, Ewing will draw on his extensive experience in sound production to help GC Pro expand its presence in the studio, live, post-production and house-of-worship market sectors. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and further underscores GC Pro’s ongoing commitment to the continuing growth of GC Pro as a turnkey supplier for professional end users.

Ewing brings a wealth of experience in the music production, television and house-of-worship market sectors to the GC Pro team. As a third-generation TV soundman, he knows the unique needs of the Southern California audio industry. With more

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Nathan Pacheco and Leo-Z Choose New TELEFUNKEN 251T

Rising Pop/Operatic Star Shines in New Disney Pearl Album

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Pictured is Nathan Pecheco with TELEFUNKEN’S new ELA M251T at EASTWEST Recording Studios in Hollywood. Photo by David Goggin.

Rising pop/operatic star Nathan Pacheco and producer/composer Leo-Z picked the new TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik ELA M 251T large diaphragm, vintage tube, condenser microphone for Pacheco’s debut on the Disney Pearl Series label. The album was recorded with full orchestra at Air Lyndhurst in London, at EASTWEST recording studios in Hollywood, and at Leo-Z’s private studio, and was mixed by the renowned Michael Brauer.

“We recorded vocals with the 251T and as an artist I couldn’t ask for anything more,” commented Pacheco, a native of Washington, D.C. “The songs have such a huge dynamic range – in the verse there is a breathy intimate sound more

#1 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Score Mixed at Record One/Ocean Way

Joel Iwataki Returns for #1 Summer Blockbuster Starring James Franco


Pictured (L-R) are scoring mixer Joel Iwataki, digital recordist Vincent Cirilli, and assistant engineer Scott Moore. Photo by David Goggin.

Engineer Joel Iwataki mixed the provocative score for the #1 film in North America, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” at Ocean Way’s Record One Recording Studios in LA. Original music was composed by Patrick Doyle, known for scoring such films as “Thor,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”

Iwataki previously mixed the score for the #1 film “Battle: Los Angeles” at Record One, which houses the former Todd-AO scoring stage console: a 96-input SSL 9000J with Shawn Murphy modifications and a film scoring monitor section.

Iwataki commented, “I was very happy to be more


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