Archive for January 17th, 2013

Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Hits the Road with the John Lennon Tour Bus

Wireless Intercom Enhances Crew and Student Production Experience

ALAMEDA, CA, JANUARY 17, 2013 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is sponsoring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus by supplying the crew with Clear-Com intercoms for its productions and workshops. Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Digital Wireless Intercom enables clear communication and quick collaboration between the staff on diverse productions while on the road. The system is also easy to operate, allowing even students to master the system and gain familiarity with real?life productions.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video production facility that travels across the U.S. and Canada, offering songwriting and multimedia production workshops to young people. At each destination, the production setup of the bus changes to accommodate the varying needs, levels of skill and interests of the school and community.

Whether it’s handling communications for an intimate acoustic performance, an onboard video production or a large-scale event where the crew members are separated by considerable distances, the HME DX210 allows the staff to work cohesively and speak to one another as if they were next to each other. It delivers exceptional audio clarity regardless of ambient noise levels and also provides the staff with wireless mobility so that they can freely move throughout the different production spaces to carry out their responsibilities. The audio clarity, full-duplex capability, and wireless flexibility of the HME DX210 have streamlined production workflow for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

“Lennon Bus productions and livestreams are fast-paced. We can get only one shot or take, so it is critical that we can speak to each other quietly, yet still be heard and understood on the other end,” says Ryan L’Esperance, Producer and Engineer for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “The audio quality of the DX210 is phenomenal. We’re able to hear each other clearly on the system in any environment, whether in the most intimate of settings or in a loud place.”

The DX210 base station is installed in the front studio of the bus. The director, video switcher, and possibly the camera operator (if the broadcast is taking place onboard) are all located in this same space, while the audio technician is situated in the middle studio of the bus. For external live broadcasts, the DX210 base station is placed at the front-of-house position. Regardless of setup, the majority of the crew members utilize the BP210 beltpacks in conjunction with the video switcher on the Clear-Com WH210 all-in-one wireless headset. The DX210’s external audio input permits crew members to take the program output of their broadcast and feed it into the intercom so that they can hear the program as well as their cues.

In addition to recording musical performances, the bus’ onboard engineers teach students how to write, perform, record and produce original songs. Students also learn to produce and shoot music videos and documentaries as well as complete a broadcast-quality music video. In addition, they are trained to operate and manage the production equipment, including using the DX210 intercom to communicate with one another, the professional assistant, and producers instructing them.

“Education is a key factor in what we do, and being able to use the intercom to communicate with multiple students at the same time is what makes this whole thing such a success,” L’Esperance continues. “What is really great is including students in the whole process, from setting up the Clear-Com system to maintaining it, such as making sure batteries are charged. Since the DX210 is quite easy to operate, we can simply show the students how it works it and they’re able to quickly dive right in and learn to use it. Clear-Com really has improved communication for our staff and has been an excellent tool for our students to use.”

“Clear-Com is committed to giving back to our community and educating the next generation on live production,” says Judy Cheng, Marketing Director, Clear-Com. “We’re proud to sponsor the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to partner with its staff to inspire, train and positively impact students throughout the United States.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The bus provides hands-on audio and HD video production experience for students of all ages. Currently in its 16th year of touring, the vehicle’s studios boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The bus conducts free tours and workshops at schools, retailers and festivals, and also tours with headlining artists. It also visits major industry conferences.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences.

The Lennon Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Avid, Apple, Montblanc, Sony, True Religion, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, NAMM, NewTek, TodoCast, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Roland, Boss, JamHub, SSL, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mackie, Ampeg, Digital Media Academy, Genelec, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, New Bay Media, Copperpeace, Apogee, Glyph, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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DPA Microphones Strike a Chord with Point Loma Nazarene

Media Services Department Relies on d:vote™4099 Instrument Mics for Performances at Chapel Services, Conferences, Student Orientation and Music Dept Events

PASADENA, CA, JANUARY 16, 2012 – When it comes to making its piano and string instruments shine, the Media Services department at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) counts on DPA Microphones. The department recently upgraded its aging instrument mics to a stereo pair of DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Mics for piano, taking its musical performances to the next level.

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Bauder Audio Provides Support for Record-Breaking Camp Out for Hunger Benefit

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bauder Audio Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia) and Indre Recording and Production (Havertown, PA) provided support, once again, for WMMR Radio’s Preston & Steve Show 2012 Camp Out for Hunger benefit. A complex, around-the-clock, five-day, live remote broadcast involving VIP guests, bands, outdoor stunts, and two dozen tractor trailers gathering food from thousands of generous people, The benefit collected a record-breaking 627,678 pounds of food and over $100K in monetary donations. Featured guests hailed from the worlds of sports, music, TV, and politics.

The event takes place in a large tent installed in the parking lot of the Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting. Bauder provided a new Yamaha CL5 digital console for use at FOH and for bands monitor mixes along with a Yamaha M7CL digital console with a Dugan-MY16 card for broadcast. The tent PA consisted of all NEXO loudspeakers powered by NXAMP 4×4’s and 4×1’s. PS15 R2s and RS18s were used for the main PA while PS10 R2s and PS8s were used for fold back and fills. The live bands were mixed down by Indre Recording’s broadcast truck outfitted with a Yamaha DM2000 and fed back to the M7CL.

“Whenever I’m working on a NEXO PA, I tend to simply pop the presets and go, as opposed to executing the normal laborious tuning process that other “out of the box” systems require,” states Chris “Sully” Sullivan, FOH Engineer. “It’s refreshing, and certainly saves money on labor calls.” Sully also used the new Yamaha CL5 digital console and said, “Even with no formal training on the CL5, within minutes I found my hands intuitively finding all of the knobs my brain was asking for….”

12 channels of stereo play back can be used for any given live band performance, helicopter landing, or other stunt taking place during a remote Preston and Steve Show. The core of the broadcast consists of five people talking about any number of topics on the radio. “In addition to the five primary mics, I can have anywhere from two hardwired guest mics to 10 wireless mics up and all running at one time,” states Rodney Byrd, Assistant Chief Engineer, Greater Philadelphia Radio Group. “With the introduction of the Dugan card for the Yamaha M7CL console, it has changed the dynamics of how I mix the show so much that it is now on my equipment rider. The sound quality that we experienced during the week of Camp Out for Hunger sounded like we were back in our own studio. I was able to walk out front and hear the PA without having to worry about whether all of the mics were up. It is like having an A1 that you don’t have to talk to; and it just works right out of the box.”

Indre Recording and Production of Philadelphia recently installed a Yamaha DM2000 digital console in their flagship remote truck. The remote recording package now offers 96 channels of audio from the stage via fiber optic snakes and MADI integration. “The DM2000 is doing double duty, serving as the main mixing console as well as a full Pro Tools control surface for the truck’s HDIII recorder,” states Michael Comstock, Owner and Head Engineer, Indre Recording.

For more information on Indre Recording and Production, visit www.indre.com.

For more information on the Camp Out for Hunger Benefit, visit
http://www.wmmr.com/events/campout-for-hunger/.

For more information on Bauder Audio Systems, visit www.bauderaudio.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO #1 ID: L to R: “Sully”, Michael Comstock, Radio Hosts Steve and Preston, Rodney Byrd at the Yamaha M7CL-48 Digital Audio Console

PHOTO #2 ID: Indre Recording Remote Broadcast Truck that houses a Yamaha DM2000.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

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LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY EXCELS ON LOCATION WITH PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER DAVID KELSON

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Las Vegas, NV – January 2013… In the world of professional audio, location sound recording ranks right at the top when it comes to challenging audio work. Given the number of variables beyond the control of the production sound mixer, such as surrounding noise and digital RF interference, and the fact that there is little time for experimentation, the necessity of capturing sound accurately the first time around leaves little margin for error. Such are the challenges on the various movie sets of Los Angeles, CA-based production sound mixer David Kelson. Armed with a large arsenal of Lectrosonics wireless microphone products, Mr. Kelson stays at the forefront of his profession. more

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