Archive for February 23rd, 2012
SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2012: Metric Halo is pleased to officially certify two Thunderbolt adapters for use with their line of FireWire based audio interfaces. According to Allen Rowand of Metric Halo, “We’ve tested the Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter in the Apple® 27-inch Thunderbolt Display and the Sonnet Technologies™ Echo 34 adapter combined with their FireWire 800 Pro ExpressCard – both systems provide performance identical to native FireWire ports. Since the display has a Thunderbolt pass-through it’s possible to use both adapters at the same time, allowing the user to create two separate FireWire busses. With two busses the user can connect up to six of our interfaces, or use one for up to three interfaces and the other for hard drives.”
Rowand said the company looks forward to incorporating Thunderbolt into their products. “We’re in discussions with Intel to gain access to Thunderbolt more
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 2012: When the Hilton Concord undertook a multi-million dollar plan to renovate its thirty year-old property, it wanted to do more than merely spruce up the amenities. The popular hotel, which occupies prime real estate on the East Bay of San Francisco, wanted to increase the environmental sustainability of its operations. The overhaul included the use of recycled carpet, LED lighting, low-VOC paints, and a new, super-efficient HVAC system. Even the sound reinforcement system in the building’s flexible ballroom and meeting space contributes to the hotel’s much smaller carbon footprint. Local AV integrator JK Sound, Inc. designed the new sound reinforcement system around Ashly Audio’s new KLR Series amplifiers, which deliver tremendous output efficiency while still maintaining high fidelity, bulletproof reliability, and affordability.
“There wasn’t much to the original sound reinforcement system,” said Dan Thiel, sales and installation more
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2012: The Salvation Army is consistently ranked as one of the most popular philanthropic groups in the United States. Its name conjures images of Christmastime bell-ringers and thrift stores, both of which provide support for the Army’s vast network of social support programs and its comprehensive disaster relief aid. It is perhaps ironic that despite its very public alignment as a Christian organization, the Salvation Army is not well known for its church services. Its Clearwater, Florida church has grown over the decades, in its congregation and its physical space, as a result of local “adherents” joining and officers from around the country retiring to its Floridian splendor. After moving to a beautiful new building in 1990 with sanctuary capacity for 385 and overflow capacity for over 300 more, the congregants suffered with a woefully inadequate sound system. Paul Garner more
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 2012: Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A) is now representing Symetrix in the New York Metro region of the United States. Founded in 1997, the CS&A team brings a wealth of industry experience and strong connections to the region’s corporate, educational, theatrical, sporting, church, amusement, and medical commercial audio markets. CS&A is representing all of Symetrix’ product lines, including the powerful SymNet line of open architecture DSP, Jupiter line of app based turn-key DSP, and Integrator Series line of application specific installed system DSP.
Noted Dane Butcher, president of Symetrix, “We’re very excited about working with John Cardone, Mike Solomon and their entire crew. These folks have an exceptional track record of service to integrators and consultants. As we looked at their line card it became apparent that, without distraction, they’re hyper-focused on systems integration. We couldn’t ask for better more
JESSUP, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 2012: Foo Fighters took home five statues at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, including prestigious Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance honors, winning for an album produced entirely using a 32-channel API 1608 console. For its Wasting Light album, the band went back to basics, switching off the computers and tracking and mixing to tape via the all-analog API console, with the help of engineer James Brown and producer Butch Vig.
Nominated in a total of six categories, Foo Fighters won for Rock Song: “Walk,” Rock Album: Wasting Light, Rock Performance: “Walk,” Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” and Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.”
In his acceptance speech after the band received the Best Rock Performance award, frontman Grohl said, “Rather than go to the best studio in the world down the street more
Andover, MA––Ever since Fishman launched the Loudbox in 2003, the company’s line of acoustic amplifiers has enjoyed a steadily growing popularity based on a wealth of practical features, exceptional value, superlative sound and performance in all kinds of live performance settings.
An instant hit with working professionals, Loudbox amps have been used by artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Ian Anderson, Pete Townshend, Travis Tritt, Foo Fighters, Eric Johnson, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Seger, Warren Haynes, Levon Helm and others over the years.
More recently, the new generation Loudbox Mini and Loudbox Artist are being used by Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Jerry Douglas, Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Wolf Marshall, Chris Funk of the Decemberists, Monte Pittman (guitarist for Madonna) and folk legend Happy Traum.
The success of the Loudbox 100 and Loudbox Performer spurred by the recent market impact of Fishman’s Loudbox Mini and Loudbox Artist have propelled the line to the position of top selling brand in the acoustic guitar amplifier category with over 25% share of the market, according to MI SalesTrak, the first retail sales tracking program for the Musical Products Industry.
The same survey also revealed that the Loudbox Mini won as top selling model in the category, with the Loudbox Performer, Loudbox 100 and Loudbox Artist all placing in the Top 20 of models sold.
Discussing Fishman’s continuing dominance in the acoustic amplifier category, Chief Operating Officer Jason Cambra said, “The Loudbox line has been a winner since its initial launch, not just in terms of sales, but widespread acceptance by artists and players at all levels.
“Each new Loudbox model demonstrates a real evolution in terms of sound, performance and new technologies that has literally redefined the category and made it a true industry leader in the best sense of the word. The possibilities for the future of Loudbox keep growing exponentially and we’re very excited about it.”
For more information about Fishman, call 978.988.9199 or click to www.fishman.com
More than 80% of Grammy winning music projects involved artists, producers or engineers who use SSL music and broadcast consoles
OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic congratulates all those who took home an award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The company is extremely proud that more than 80 percent of the winning projects in the categories that recognise the quality of recorded music involved artists, producers or engineers who regularly use SSL consoles.
This is also the first year that a Grammy winning broadcast has been recorded using one of SSL’s broadcast consoles, which the company first launched in 2003. The Grammy for Best Opera Recording went to Metropolitan Opera (the Met) for its live HD transmission and DVD recording of Doctor Atomic by composer John Adams. This performance was part of the Metropolitan Opera’s The Met: Live in HD series, in which operas are broadcast live to theatres around the world and subsequently broadcast on PBS. The music production for all of the Met’s live television and radio broadcasts is done use using SSL’s C100 HDS digital broadcast console, installed in 2008 at the Met.
“It’s great to see so many talented artists, producers and engineers across all genres being recognised for the music they create and it’s particularly exciting to have one of our broadcast consoles involved in the awards for the first time,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “Everyone at SSL who’s involved in bringing a console into being takes great pride in their work – they also take pride in the work of the engineers, producers and artists who use our consoles.”
Here is what some of this year’s winners have to say about SSL:
John Kerswell, audio operations director for the Metropolitan Opera, whose recording of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic was a Grammy winner for Best Opera Recording:
“We installed SSL’s C100 console in 2008. The Met has such a busy schedule, and we often rehearse one show in the afternoon and open for a different show in the evening, so the C100’s instant recall lets us turnaround our setup very quickly, which is a huge benefit. With input counts as high as Doctor Atomic’s ninety-two, the C100 makes recording live productions quite manageable and we depend on it for the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series. You can always hear the quality of an SSL as demonstrated in this recording.”
Ken Lewis, who produced, arranged and performed on the album Watch The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), which picked up a Grammy for Best Rap Performance as well as two more Grammys – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song – for the song All of the Lights (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie):
“If I’m creating music for artists like Kanye, Drake or Eminem, SSL is capturing the sound. I have earned credits on ten Grammy Nominations in the last two years and my SSL was used for every one of them.”
Martin Walters, mixing engineer, and Terri Lyne Carrington, whose album The Mosaic Project won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album:
“In both tracking and mixing of The Mosaic Project, Solid State Logic channel strips and plug-ins played an important role in achieving the sound we were going for.”
F. Reid Shippen, one of the mix engineers for Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God is For Us, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
“I’m fortunate to have shared the privilege of my seventh Grammy award with the amazing team behind Chris Tomlin. Every record I’ve ever mixed has been on an SSL – the best mixing board on the planet.”
The Met: Live in HD: www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx
Ken Lewis: www.iproducemusic.com
Terri Lyne Carrington: www.terrilynecarrington.com/
L. Reid Shippen: www.robotlemon.com/indexa.html
BUENA PARK, Calif.—Christ the King Church in Bellingham, Washington recently completed an overhaul of its sound system, awarding the installation contract to Clarity Media Group of Portland. Clarity provided the best solution for the task at hand, outfitting the 1,500-seat church with a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array.
“The church wanted a system capable of accommodating a worship service and in addition, have rider acceptability to bring in concerts,” states John Harrel, project manager, Clarity Media Group. “The NEXO GEO S12, consisting of eight S1210 boxes per side, is configured as an LCR and was chosen based on its smooth, even coverage as well as its musicality and output. Our client wanted a center cluster rather than front fills and flown subs, so we recommended four GEO S1230s which met their requirements and are tucked away very discretely above the pastor’s podium position. The previous system was an eyesore.” The system also contains four NEXO RS18 Ray Sub cabinets flown, two per side in cardioid mode. Two NEXO NX4x4 and one NX4x1 amplifiers power the system.
“The NEXO system’s ability to maintain uniform coverage despite having a low trim height was key in choosing it for this application,” states Travis Cibolski, Clarity co-owner and designer of the system. “The net effect is that the system delivers uniform, transparent sound to all areas, and with full bandwidth!”
Christ the King Church has 6,000 members in its congregation with two campus locations. The church band consists of 6-10 musicians on average who, according to Harrel, are very discerning when it comes to good audio (one of its members is a signed recording artist).
The church previously installed a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console at front of house, chosen for its ease of use by audio volunteers.
For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.
For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit http://www.yamahaca.com.
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 addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.
Ambient Recording’s Custom 7-Series Housing (SD-UW) Allows Audio Gear to Operate Underwater
KRALENDIJK, BONAIRE, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 — When German company Ambient Recording developed a special recording system for the first ever commercial documentary to feature underwater surround sound, it cast Sound Devices’ 788T multi-track digital audio recorder in the starring role. Creating a specific underwater housing (SD-UW) for the recorder, Ambient Recording used it to capture the ocean’s unique noises.
Recorded offshore from the Caribbean island of Bonaire in November 2011, the documentary is titled The Cannon Crackers of the Pistol Shrimp. As one of the loudest animals on the planet, pistol shrimp live in colonies of up to 16,000 and snap their claws so fast together the water around them vaporizes. They also create bubbles, which implode with a loud cracking sound. The cracking noises, along with vibrant imagery of the shrimp, form the basis of this groundbreaking film.
“The underwater world is not a silent one,” says Timo Klinge, marketing manager, Ambient Recording. “Coral reefs are filled with millions of sounds just like a jungle or a summer meadow. We knew we wanted to use Sound Devices recorders when we created our complete surround underwater rig because they are extremely compact, very rugged and have excellent sound. We created the underwater housing in order for the 788T to operate efficiently underwater.”
The Ambient Recording housing, designed for all Sound Devices & Series recorders, is made out of hard anodized seawater-resistant aluminum, which is then PTFE-coated, giving it the highest possible durability and stability. The top is made out of 4-cm thick Plexiglas to offer a perfect sight on all meters and displays for all Sound Devices 7 Series recorders. Power, record, stop and volume functions can be controlled through the housing. The housing is waterproof up to 100m and weighs 10kg, including the recorder, but beneath the water its buoyancy is just slightly negative, which can be adjusted by additional buoyancy bodies depending on what you attach to it.
In addition to the two Sound Devices 788T recorders, Ambient Sound used a Sonar Surround RS5 underwater surround rig attached to the Sound Devices underwater 7 Series housing with four Sonar Surround DS30 directivity spheres, each equipped with an Ambient TC4042 hydrophone. Three Ambient TC 4013S hydrophones were attached to one of the camera housings and one Ambient TC4032 hydrophone was used to record far-off sounds.
Sound Devices high-resolution 7-Series family of digital audio recorders is the highest performance, most compact production recorders available. The two-track (702, 702T, 722), four-track (744T), and eight-track (788T) units record and play audio files with either 16- or 24-bit depth at all professional sampling rates, up to 192 kHz (up to 96 kHz on the 788T). Multiple storage mediums, analog/digital I/O, and high-speed computer connectivity make all 7-Series recorders stand out as world-class products.
“Selecting Sound Devices 7 series as the recorders to design our underwater housing around was definitely the right choice,” adds Klinge. “We have tested the rig over and over and Sound Devices’ gear has consistently exceeded our expectations.”
Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year-old company designs and manufactures from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin, headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI, and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website www.sounddevices.com.
PARIS, 23 FEBRUARY 2012 ? Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that Y & Co has extended its hire inventory of intercom equipment with two new Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix systems, namely the Eclipse-Median and Eclipse-Pico Digital Matrix, along with the V-Series and ICS user control panels. This additional investment signals Y & Co’s confidence in Clear-Com intercoms’ capabilities to serve the growing live events and broadcast production needs.
A loyal Clear-Com user in France since its opening in 1989, Y & Co is a leading rental company providing audio solutions to live event facilities, tour groups and broadcasters. As a member of the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, Y & Co already supplies a portfolio of Clear-Com intercom systems including partyline systems, HME DX200, HME PRO850 and Tempest2400 wireless systems. In addition, Y & Co’s technical staff are well-trained in Clear-Com technology to provide high-quality equipment installation and support.
Since the purchase of Eclipse Digital Matrix Systems, the company has already rented out the intercom systems to several important events and performances throughout the country. These include Excalibur au Stade de France (Excalibur at the French Stadium), the Convention Renault in Seville and La Fête du Feu à Bercy (the Fire Festival in Bercy). With the support of Clear-Com’s French distributor, Audiopole, which will provide additional intercom equipment as needed – even on short notice, Y & Co is well poised to service a greater number of large, high-profile projects.
“We are very happy to further enhance our relationship with Clear-Com and Audiopole,” says Yves Brunet, Commercial Director for Y & Co. “We have been extremely pleased with Clear-Com since the first Matrix Plus 1 product. By partnering with Audiopole to offer Clear-Com’s Eclipse systems, we are presenting our customers with an expansive set of intercom options and creating more opportunities for satisfying customer’s changing needs in the years to come.”
“By paying close attention to the needs of our users, we realised how essential it was for Clear-Com to liaise directly with rental companies,” says Karlie Miles, Director of EMEA Sales, Clear-Com. “This partnership highlights Clear-Com’s continued commitment to evolve with the ever-growing requirements of our customer base. The agreement further solidifies the relationship with Audiopole and signals a direct assurance of Clear-Com’s support for our loyal customer, Y & Co.”
Y & Co is a world-class rental company with broadcast clients such as France Télévisions and corporate users such as Euro Disney, Le Public Système and Euro Media TV. It also assists with concerts featuring famous French artists such as Mylène Farmer and Johnny Hallyday, in addition to servicing most musicals in France, including Le Roi Soleil, Mozart, Dracula and Le Roi Lion.
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.
About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.
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