Archive for November, 2012

Firehouse and L-ACOUSTICS Help Create NYC Sensation

International EDM festival stages first US event with K1, KUDO and KARA

NEW YORK CITY — Since its Amsterdam debut in 2000, Sensation has grown to become one of the world’s most successful and respected indoor electronic dance music (EDM) festivals. After producing more than 70 events for over two million people in two dozen countries, creator ID&T recently teamed up with promoter Live Nation to bring Sensation to North America for the very first time. As with all of its other productions, ID&T specified the deployment of a full L-ACOUSTICS system to keep the high-tech party hopping well into the night. more

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St. Andrews Lutheran Makes Sound Improvements With L-ACOUSTICS

Twin Cities-area house of worship increases intelligibility and presence with KIVA

MAHTOMEDI, Minnesota – November 2012 — L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider Audio Video Electronics (AVE) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, reports that it recently installed an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA loudspeaker system at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in nearby Mahtomedi.

According to AVE Vice President Kevin Crow, “St. Andrews has a beautiful 1,200-seat sanctuary with a nearly five second reverb time, so going into this project, we knew that speech intelligibility was one of our primary issues of concern. Furthermore, with an 80-member choir, chamber group and huge pipe organ, St. Andrews’ services feature quite an emphasis on music as well, and they were wanting to have it feel more ‘present’ in the sanctuary seating areas.” more

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PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS’ FREQUENCY COORDINATION SIZZLES AT 13TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 30, 2012—As the Latin music world’s hottest artists came together for the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards earlier this month at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was stationed on the green carpet, managing frequency coordination and equipment—working to avoid any possible interference issues during the pre-awards green carpet show.

Broadcast by television network Univision, the Latin Grammy Awards, presented by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. For this year’s Latin Grammy Awards package, PWS integrated in-ear monitors and wireless communication for the Latin Grammy’s and managed all wireless audio systems for the green carpet show pre-show.

“This year was a little different for us in that we switched from a 2.4-GHz wireless intercom to the Telex BTR800 series wireless intercoms,” said Jason Eskew, PWS project manager. “We found the RF performance was better outside on the crowded green carpet. The BTR systems gave longer distance and more consistent coverage.”

PWS also provided Univision with 16-channel PSM 1000 in-ear monitors. For the Latin Grammy Awards, Univision took delivery of two custom racks to replace its former aging in-ear monitors. According to Eskew, “The PSM 1000s allowed us to completely focus on all of the other things we needed to do. Knowing the PSM 1000 system was rock solid, low stress and maintenance free is a huge weight off our backs. Even when the PSM 1000s get into a low-signal-strength condition, they mute quietly and cleanly. It’s much safer for the artist and makes our job a whole lot easier.”

Another responsibility the PWS crew took on was monitoring the green carpet for any potential interference from ENG crews. “With all of the frequencies being used in and around the strip, doing a live show in Las Vegas is always a bit of a challenge from a wireless coordination standpoint,” added Eskew. “Our experience, the services we are able to provide, along with the gear we select, allows us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise.”

The inaugural annual Latin Grammys ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 13, 2000. Broadcast by CBS, that ceremony became the first primarily Spanish language primetime program carried on an English-language American television network.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Equator Offers ¼” to XLR Audio Cable

Direct Price of $12.50 ea

San Diego, California …. Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications announced the availability of a quality 2m ¼” to XLR audio cable.

To insure quality performance the balanced ¼” TRS to XLR, 16 gauge flexible audio cable is 2m long (6 feet) with gold plated contact points. The Equator Audio Cable was designed to connect the D5 (or any other professional monitor) to most computer audio interfaces.

“Having sold thousands of D5 studio monitors, customers have continually asked us what is the best way to connect the D5 to their audio interface” Commented Marty Bradley, Equator specialist. “Now we can point them to a quality recording cable and because we can sell it direct online they can get it at a really great price.”

The cable is now available at Equatoraudio.com for $12.50ea and comes with a year guarantee.

The D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Enter the “Dream Rig for Your Dream Gig” Sweepstakes

Blue Microphones, KRK, Monoprice, PreSonus and SoundCloud have teamed up for the chance to win a dream rig worth over $6,200

(Los Angeles CA – November 29, 2012) Here’s your big chance to win your dream recording system! Announcing the “Dream Rig for Your Dream Gig” by PreSonus®, Blue Microphones, SoundCloud™, KRK® Systems, and Monoprice. Enter to win at www.DreamRigSweepstakes.com by telling us what artist or band (past or present) that you would dream of recording (or maybe you have recorded them!).

One lucky winner will come away with over $6,200 worth of gear, including:

  • PreSonus ADL 700 preamp ($1,999 MSRP)
  • Blue Microphones Kiwi recording microphone ($1,999 MSRP)
  • Pair of KRK VXT4 monitors with a 12S subwoofer ($1,397 total MSRP)
  • SoundCloud premium account, ($250 MSRP)
  • Monoprice guitar & accessories package ($700 value, Monoprice actual price $260):
    • “California Classic” Solid Body Electric Guitar–Sunburst
    • Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones
    • Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar: Lead Overdrive
    • Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar: Clean
    • Microphone Stand with Boom
    • Classic Guitar Stand
    • Dual-Screen Pop-Filter
    • All necessary cables to connect the entire prize package

 

The sweepstakes opens November 29, 2012, and runs through December 20, 2012. The winner, chosen at random, will be announced on December 21, 2012.

To enter, please visit www.dreamrigsweepstakes.com and fill out the entry form completely.

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Hal Leonard Publishes The Power in Digital Performer

Learn Digital Performer 8 – both for Mac and PC –
from MOTU’s own Magic Dave Roberts

Montclair, NJ (November 27, 2012) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping The Power In Digital Performer. This guide helps those who are new to Digital Performer get up to speed quickly. Author David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993 – he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

This is the first book to look under the hood of Digital Performer 8 – the first version of the program manufactured for both Mac and Windows OS. In fact, this is arguably the most up-to-date and insightful guide available focused specifically on Digital Performer. The Power in Digital Performer provides concise, easy-to-understand, and practical text combined with instructive screenshots. An accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

About the author
David E. Roberts has lectured at Berklee College of Music, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Colorado, and Massachusetts College of Art, plus he has been a featured speaker at Macworld Expo. He has also been a presenter at numerous trade shows, including NAMM, NAB, and Frankfurt Musikmesse. He continues to work with local and international artists and is currently running the recording studio for legendary music producer Al Kooper. Since 1993, Roberts has been a product specialist for MOTU’s hardware and software products, including Digital Performer. With an instrumental background (playing bass and guitar since age 12), influence from his mother who is a writer and teacher, and his extensive experience building and running studios throughout the ‘80s, Roberts is a uniquely qualified author, especially on the topic of all things Digital Performer. He lives in Boston.

Quick Pro Guides
If you want to quickly start implementing professional techniques into your audio recordings and productions, the Hal Leonard Books Quick Pro Guides are designed for you. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover music industry topics in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize your creative and technical accomplishments. The Quick Pro Guides are efficient and accessible, and the included DVD-ROM provides audio and video demonstrations of key Quick Pro topics

$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333873
ISBN: 9781476815145
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
178 pages

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush to Keynote 4th Annual Nahville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013

NASHVILLE: Kristian Bush, one-half of the award-winning super-duo, Sugarland, will deliver the keynote address to kick off the 4th annual Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo. NRW+E 2013 returns to the Rocketown Event Center in downtown Nashville, February 15 & 16.

A singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and personal studio owner, Bush joins a prestigious list of artists including: Ricky Skaggs, Ben Folds and Keb Mo, who have who have set the tone for previous NRW+E events by highlighting the role of technology in the creative process. Joining Bush for an aural romp through the stages of a recent production will be his long-time collaborator, producer/engineer, Tom Tapley.

NRW+E is designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, be they musicians, songwriters, producers or engineers. The event will feature showcase presentations by top industry professionals; exhibits by many leading audio gear manufacturers and, an opening evening reception. The Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013 is presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society.

“The highly successful Project Studio Expo introduced at the recent 133rd AES Convention in SF, was modeled in no small part on NRW+E,” said event Chair, Jim Kaiser. “Last year the program formula truly jelled. The balance of information in the three tracks: Production, Engineering and Songwriting/ Publishing, offered ample learning opportunities for every attendee, regardless of their primary interests. Our special focus on live presentations, including in-depth, end-of-day project profiles by Keb Mo and Beth Neilsen Chapman, was particularly well received. Rocketown proved an excellent venue, and all our attendees were informed, entertained and inspired,” Kaiser adds.

Industry notables who have presented at previous NRW+Es include: George Massenburg, Russ Long, Nathan Chapman, Glenn Meadows, Rich Adler and Lynn Fuston. This year’s program is being developed now, and program updates will soon be online. Registration information and exhibition/ sponsorship details for this very affordable event can be found online at www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

“Discounts and early-bird rates are available for students and members of a number of professional organizations. An NRW+E registration is the perfect holiday gift for the recordist on your list,” Kaiser concludes.

Photo: Kristian Bush of Sugarland, is keynote speaker for the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo, Feb. 15

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES HELPS FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SNELLVILLE DELIVER THE MESSAGE

*** Andy Terrell with the Countryman B2D Directional Lavaliere microphone. ***

Snellville, GA – November 2012… Located roughly 23 miles east of Atlanta, First Baptist Church Snellville is a Southern Baptist Church on the go. In their sanctuary that seats approximately 1,500 people, the two weekly Sunday services attract an average of 900-1,000 worshippers each. Under music minister Dr. Wayne Grothman’s direction, the dynamic services feature an abundance of music: a 130-voice choir, a 40-piece orchestra, and a vocal praise team. With this electric atmosphere, Pastor Steve Foster needs a microphone that delivers solid reinforcement without weighing him down—this is why he uses the world’s smallest directional lavaliere microphone, the B2D Directional Lavaliere from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates.

Andy Terrell serves as First Baptist Church Snellville’s Media Director. With a tenure that dates back eight years, Terrell started at the church as the house audio engineer. Prior to that, he mixed for several Atlanta-area Christian bands and also worked as an intern at CNN, part of the Turner Broadcasting organization. With a track record like this, Terrell knows what it takes to ensure a high level of speech intelligibility and suitable gain in order for the sound reinforcement system to be effective: that’s why he outfits Pastor Foster with the B2D. more

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James River Assembly Sings the Praises Of New Outline GTO Line Array Speaker System

System Provides the Clarity and Punch Necessary for Sermons and Music

OZARK, MO, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 – James River Assembly recently upgraded its aging sound system with Outline’s GTO line array loudspeaker cabinets as the sonic centerpiece. The new system, designed and installed by Special Event Services (SES), literally blew away the competition by providing the clarity and punch necessary for sermons, a contemporary house band and concerts. The church seats approximately 3,400 congregants and everyone from the pastor to those sitting in the back row can feel the power of the word through the GTO cabinets.

“We needed to put in a system that conveyed the spoken word throughout the auditorium, as well as have enough horsepower to present the music in an effective way,” says Jason Farah, vice president of SES. “The church members charged with the upgrade were very diligent about listening to various top-shelf systems to evaluate the sound characteristics and quality. The staff even went around the country listening to many systems. In the end, the Outline GTO simply outperformed the other systems, providing the ‘wow factor’ necessary for the final decision.”

The GTO system is comprised of two main left/right arrays, each with six GTO cabinets and one GTO down-fill speaker at the bottom of the array. The subwoofers are Outline Lab 21 HS, employing 21-inch bass speakers. The seating area in the main room is in a 280-degree arc to center stage. Because the platform is so big, the subwoofers are lined up stage center behind the scenic pieces on the stage floor as a sub arc delay system. This ensures that all areas of the room enjoy equal bass coverage. The extreme right and left sides are covered with Outline Doppia II speakers. The GTO series of line array speakers offer a unique combination of high-power output in a compact and relatively lightweight form factor. The cabinets deliver clear, non-colored, high-SPL audio capable of bringing studio environment quality to the live event experience.

“We all agreed that the time had come to upgrade our sound system to meet our evolving style of presentation and worship,” says Stephen Maddox, audio director for James River Assembly. “Our lead pastor, John Lindell, had a vision about how the new system should sound, and after listening to many systems here and in other parts of the country, SES brought in the GTO. The GTO speakers were superbly clear and present without being overbearing. We just loved how it worked, how it sounded, and how it responded. The system is very deep but at the same time warm and inviting. This system truly brings us into the future.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK, and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

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Expansive DiGiCo/Optocore Network Propels Streisand Back to Brooklyn

No matter your musical predilection, there’s no denying that Barbra Streisand is one of the biggest talents in show biz. She is the epitome of élan and elegance, bringing a level of detail and sophistication to every aspect of her professional presence, from motion pictures to Broadway to concerts. As for the latter, the notoriously stage-shy artist’s performances have more

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