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Hal Leonard Publishes The Ultimate Church Sound Operator’s Handbook

2nd Edition, specifically updated for sound people in ministries and churches

MONTCLAIR, NJ (December 18, 2012) – This important second edition of The Ultimate Church Sound Operator’s Handbook is written to specifically address the concerns and needs of the sound person who serves ministries and churches. The modern church uses many of the same presentation tools that have become common in television, movies, and concerts, placing a unique set of technical expectations on its eager, willing, and primarily volunteer force. This updated handbook blends the relational and technical aspects of church sound in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner, providing a leg-up to volunteer and staff church sound operators. The Ultimate Church Sound Operator’s Handbook will help church sound operators gain the knowledge they need to faithfully serve their church membership, leaders, and musicians.

About the author
Bill Gibson has spent the last thirty-plus years writing, performing, recording, producing, and teaching music. He has written more than thirty books and produced several videos covering important audio concepts. His style is acclaimed for straightforward and understandable explanations of audio concepts and applications. Gibson, an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle, is also known for his work helping Quincy Jones author the book Q on Producing. He has developed curriculum and currently teaches online sound courses for Berklee College of Music in Boston. The courses have been very helpful to an amazingly diverse international student body. Gibson serves as a trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and also on the National Advisory Board for the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Please contact Music Marcom to receive excerpts, review copies or to arrange interviews with the author!
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Martina McConnon
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The Ultimate Church Sound Operator’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333182
ISBN: 9781617805578
Width: 8.5″Length: 11.0″ 482 pages
Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.halleonardbooks.com www.onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

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COUNTRYMAN BRINGS AUTHENTIC SOUND TO “CARLYLE’S PICKS”

*** Carlyle Murciélago (right) ***

Menlo Park, CA – December 2013… From exotic cars, jets, motorcycles, and yachts to electronics, hotels, restaurants, and more, Carlyle’s Picks provides informative recommendations of today’s top products and services. When you’re working to convey the experience of being behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or cruising aboard a luxury yacht, a huge part of the challenge is accurately capturing the sound. That’s why Carlyle Murciélago, Executive Producer for Carlyle’s Picks—a leading destination on YouTube—and Steven Aleman, principal photographer, relies on his B3 Omni Round Lavaliere microphone from Countryman Associates.

Carlyle’s Picks has been operating for better than two years, but it was only recently that Murciélago found a microphone that could really deliver the audio quality he had long sought. He discussed the factors that led to his choice of the Countryman B3. more

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Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex At New Valencia International Campus

VALENCIA: December 17, 2012 – Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier learning lab for contemporary music, and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, today announced the completion of a cutting edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Berklee’s new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs.

The audio production and teaching complex is comprised of five inter-related components. The 1600 sq. ft. scoring stage/studio – Studio K – includes an 860 sq. ft. live room with 15-foot ceilings and boasts variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio’s windows provide fantastic views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee’s music activities. Supporting the live room is a 500 sq. ft. control room, two 250 sq. ft. ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room. The aggregate advantages of the control room configuration fully supports Berklee’s primary teaching mandate. Each aspect of the studio coalesces to form an indisputably world-class recording complex.

“Our master’s students and visiting artists will benefit from an extremely sophisticated studio environment. This is an extraordinary educational tool, expressly designed to prepare them for their transition from student to music professional,” explained Guillermo Cisneros, Berklee Vice President for Global Initiatives, and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia.

“The studio complex needed to make a statement in a design-conscious country, and be technically and acoustically capable of representing a desirable destination for professional work,” said Carl Beatty, Berklee Chief of Staff, who has headed the project since the beginning of the Palau de les Arts renovation. “We decided to employ Avid/Euphonix controllers to take advantage of their Eucon protocol that allows seamless migration of projects across the facility, all the way up to the flagship System 5. Additionally, when we install an identical console in Boston, we will be doing real time joint sessions between the two locations via Internet 2 technology.”

The entire facility is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts’ concert halls. The System 5 has 48 channels, with 128 channels of I/O, and 176 mic lines. There is a broad selection of analog processing with plenty of room for additions should the need arise.

Monitoring in the production suites is all Genelec – 5.1 surround in Studio A, and 2.1 stereo in Studios B, C, and D. The control room in Studio K features the Meyers Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system, an acknowledged industry standard. The room also includes Griffin G2B Active main stereo monitors. “These monitors are impressive. Along with their dual 15″ subwoofers, the use of ribbon tweeters gives the speaker a very impressive transient response and high-mid articulation,” said Beatty. “There are also mid field monitors available- ProAc’s and Yamaha NS-10′s. Additionally, the room has been designed to Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos(tm) Cinema Sound monitoring protocol. This facility is an integral component of the comprehensive, modern Music Technology Complex developed for Berklee’s Valencia campus.”

Commenting on the new complex, architect/acoustician John Storyk remarked: “Berklee’s new Valencia recording/teaching studio raises the benchmark for European audio education. We have been the designers for dozens of educational recording environments around the world and are incredibly proud of our tenure at Berklee, both at the Valencia and Boston campuses.”

Impressed by the quality of the recording studio at the Berklee campus, visiting master class instructor and former Fox Music President, Robert Kraft commented, “The recording studio is an amazing asset to have in Valencia, and has the potential to be even more of a reason for students and professionals to come to the Berklee facilities.”

“The recording studios and production suites at Berklee Valencia are simply sublime,” said composer and visiting professor, Laura Karpman. “In the studios I was able to compose, record, and mix a film for Sony/Lifetime with a very fast turnaround. The results were fabulous. It was a pleasure to make music there.”

In addition to designing and constructing recording studios for Berklee College of Music in both Valencia and the $100 million + new building at 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston, Walters-Storyk Design Group is renowned for its work on studios for Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Def Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America and the 2012 TEC Award-winning Jungle City Studios.

View the YouTube video tour of the studios:

Photo Captions:

1. Berklee Valencia Studio K Live Room
2. Berklee Valencia Studio K Control Room
3. Berklee Valencia Studio A Control Room
4. Berklee Valencia Campus

Photos by: Mercedes Herrán

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About Berklee College of Music:

Berklee College of Music was founded in 1945 and for more than 65 years has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. The college’s belief i that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock ‘n roll in the 1960′s, created the world’s first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and song-writing, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica and vide game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, and alumni that have received over 270 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Aimee Mann, Roy Hargrove, Gillian Welch, Miguel Zenon, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Bruce Cockburn, Arif Mardin, BT, Alan Silvestri, John Mayer, Howard Shore and Gary Burton.

About Berklee In Valencia:

Berklee in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music – and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3,600 square metre campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Berklee in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presents Berklee College of Music’s first master’s degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Studio Performance; and Global Entertainment and Music Business;) launched in September 2012. In addition, Berklee in Valencia offers a Global Studies Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community – as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

About Walters-Storyk Design Group:

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for the Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the U.S. and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent Credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio, private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Acrosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland

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Martin Audio Installed In New Chicago Mega Sports Bar/Nightclub


Encompass Technologies just completed a major sound and video installation for the sizeable new restaurant/sports bar/nightclub, John Barleycorn River North in downtown Chicago.

The fast-growing integrator had worked on a host of other venues for owners Sam Sanchez and Michael Gonzalez. As Tim Pickett, principal for Encompass, explains, “There are four John Barleycorns and we’ve been involved with all of them, two from the ground up and two complete rehabs. Sam and Michael also own two Moe’s Cantina clubs that we worked on.

“For John Barleycorn River North, they definitely raised the bar several notches with a substantial budget of $285,000,” adds Pickett. “Unlike the club in Schaumburg where there was a focus on live sound, John Barleycorn North functions as a sports bar and restaurant during the day and becomes a nightclub with a DJ upstairs that can hold up to 1500 people on Friday and Saturday nights.

“The audio system had to be very versatile so they can turn it up late at night for that nightclub sound and feel while providing more controlled sound levels for the sports bar patrons so that everybody can hear it the same way.

“Martin Audio was the obvious choice,” Pickett continues, “because the owners had the speakers in their other clubs and were very happy with the sound and performance. We used 32 AQ28 cabinets throughout the club along with six AQ212’s, four AQ215’s, three F12’s and Martin Audio MA 4.8Q and 6.8Q amplifiers. Two Symetrix Jupiter 8 systems provided turnkey audio processing.
I also want to acknowledge Jack Alexander who tweaked and EQ’d the site to help make it sound even better.”

John Barleycorn North replaces a two-story antique store that was completely gutted and outfitted with new furnishings, audio and a 72-screen video system including five video walls. According to Pickett, “part of the décor includes a glass roof that’s about 50 feet long and 20 feet wide and because they’re located in downtown Chicago, you can look up and see nothing but skyscrapers all around you. It’s a very impressive venue.”

Designed to provide the ultimate in sports viewing, the video system includes 12 Cima 46” LCD and 24 Tovis 46” LCD Ultra Narrow Video Wall Panels, 35 Samsung 60” Plasma Panels, two Samsung 46” LED Panels and a Sharp 80” LED Panel. The complex video switching system for both floors includes one Knox Chameleon 16X64 HD Matrix upstairs and one Knox Chameleon 16X32 HD Matrix downstairs with a Knox Touchscreen control system that functions via iPad.

The whole project took about fourteen months from start to finish and the club has been up and running for about three weeks. Asked about the installation, owner Sam Sanchez commented, “I’ve always been really impressed with Martin Audio. We’ve been using the brand since 2008 at our locations. What’s great is, that at any level, the sound is clear and intelligible. It works if you’re watching the game, or partying the night away. Encompass has done a great job installing the systems and making them just right. I really love that I can call them 24 hours a day any day for tech support.”

Concludes Pickett, “I’ve been very happy with Martin Audio over the years. They have really helped us by providing the right products for our clients’ needs along with excellent customer service. They are a great partner and make a really good product.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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Sting Tours With DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Mic

 

DPA Microphones’ new hand-held d:facto™ Vocal Microphone delivered fantastic results for Sting, who used four of them on his recent Back to Bass tour throughout Europe and the Far East.

Sting’s front of house engineer Howard Page says: “The d:facto’s definition and clarity was a huge update on our Sting shows and worked just as well for the in-ear monitors that Sting listened to. It is an absolutely unique microphone that has an amazing transient response and just the right amount of proximity without the normal problems of on/off tonal differences.”

Page, senior director of engineering at Clair Brothers in the USA, was recommended the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone by recording engineer Donal Hodgson, who had been using it with great success to record Sting in the studio.

“Donal knew that I had been looking for a later technology microphone for Sting on our live shows,” Page says. “If Donal was happy with it in the exacting environment of a recording studio, then I knew I certainly would be as well.”

Sting’s long working relationship with Howard Page meant that he was also happy to try the d:facto in a live environment. “Sting and I have a very good relationship and he trusts me on all things audio, so when I asked him to try the d:facto he was more than willing to go with it,” Page says.

Four DPA d:factos were ordered from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and these were delivered to Clair’s European office in plenty of time to be included in the equipment packages for the tour. Sting has ‘A’ and ‘B’ simultaneously touring systems, each containing two d:factos  – one as the main microphone and one for back up.

“We did shows in France, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Korea, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Jakarta, so it was a huge amount of travelling,” Page says. “On this most recent leg of the tour I have been in some venues with real long reverb times and the d:facto just cuts through perfectly without losing the tight, natural (real!) full range tone I need for Sting’s voice.”

Page adds that even without Donal Hodgson’s recommendation, he would have been happy to try the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone because he has previously had such good experiences with DPA technology.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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