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About EASTWEST
EASTWEST(www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 24 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer.

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Eleven-Time Grammy Winning Producer/Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina Relies on Antelope Audio Clocking Technology

Rafa Sardina pictured next to his Antelope Audio Trinity /10M combination.

Rafa Sardina is one of the most in-demand producer/mixer/engineers in the country and over the course of his storied career he has scooped up no less than eleven Grammy Awards for his work with the most successful artists in the world. Several years ago, Sardina opened his own commercial studio, ‘After Hours,’ to provide his elite clientele with a creatively inspiring environment where they could access the best equipment in the world, with Sardina himself at the helm. Antelope Audio‘s clocks were among the core ‘building blocks’ of “After Hours’ technical infrastructure.

“I have been experimenting with many clocks over the years and now use Antelope Audio exclusively,” says Sardina. He recalls the first time he was introduced to the company’s studio clocking devices: “I was doing some movie scoring sessions and needed to use different sampling rates on the same clock because some of the composers had started the project using different sampling rates. The Antelope OCX-V was the only box I could find that could simultaneously lock into different sampling rates.” Sardina liked what he heard. “I was blown away and purchased it right away.”

After his initial ‘honeymoon period’ with Antelope, Sardina then began experimenting with Antelope’s atomic clocking technology and soon purchased the Trinity / 10M combination. Since then, he has never looked back and says difference it has made in his studio is ‘absolutely audible.’”You really have to compare clocks side by side to hear the difference. And after you first hear it, you realize that the Antelope clocking technology is superior.”

Sardina currently has an Antelope Audio Trinity / 10M combination in his main studio, in addition to two OCX-Vs that he uses in his Pro Tools rig and a separate B-room upstairs. For Sardina, the Trinity/10M combination adds another dimension to the audio. “People tend to concentrate too much on preamps and EQs when upgrading their studios, but for me, great clocking makes all the difference,” Sardina observes. “Acoustics, speakers and clocking are the three most important ingredients in getting a great sound. Make these the number one investment in a studio, and it will completely change your world.”

As for the sonics of the Trinity/10M combo, he says this “opens up the soundstage for everything. You can always feel the wideness of the track with Antelope. You can’t hear this width when using inferior word clocks.” He says his Trinity/10M also makes the sonic image more defined across the frequency range: “I feel a more defined low end with less distortion, and a greater openness in the high end,” he says. “Antelope’s clocks opened up my eyes in many ways.”

Oftentimes, investing in clocking technology may not be the most popular choice when upgrading a studio – but not for Sardina. “When artists ask me for advice when setting up their home studios, they are always surprised when I am not hyping the latest preamps or converters. Instead, I am talking about speakers and clocks. This is because it is most important to know what you are listening to.”

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Sound Devices PIX 240 is the Winning Ingredient for Hit Reality Television Show Masterchef China

Production Video Recorder Provides Incredible Image Quality and Smooth Workflow

SHANGHAI, CHINA, JANUARY 22, 2013 — When the reality, cooking competition show, MasterChef China tasked Boxtop Studio Films’ Director/Producer Chad Grochowski with overseeing the design and construction of the set, contracting production equipment and international crew, and handling the post-production process for its inaugural season, he turned to Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, and its PIX 240 Production Video Recorder. The PIX 240 helped Grochowski ensure the highest image quality possible for the program, a collaboration between Dragon TV, Shine UK and the International Channel of Shanghai.

Known around the world, MasterChef is a massively successful reality TV franchise, with productions in more than 40 countries. Having seen many of these versions and noting that the production quality was not always consistent, Grochowski wanted to achieve the best-looking show possible. This required capturing the highest image quality, given the production’s budget and local availability of HD cameras and lenses. In addition, Grochowski was looking for a solution that would minimize the time needed for ingest and transcoding of the recorded material.

In order to accomplish this, Grochowski utilized eight to 10 Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta HD cameras, each equipped with Sound Devices’ PIX 240, to record in Apple ProRes 422 (1920x1080i 50). As the show was being edited in Final Cut Pro HD, this was especially appealing to the producers. In addition, bypassing the HDCAM compression to tape and recording the pure HD-SDI output stream with the PIX 240, enabled significant workflow and image-quality advantages.

“The ingest process using Sound Devices 240 Gb SSD drives and its PIX-CADDY couldn’t have been easier,” says Grochowski. “By using this recording media instead of HDCAM tape, we saved on tape purchase and deck rental costs during the two-and-a-half-month filming period. The PIX 240 also allowed for instantaneous dailies and provided great imagery and smooth workflow.”

Time-code synching was also a beneficial feature on set, as all PIX recorders were synched, including up to 32 tracks of wireless microphone feeds, which were routed into a MADI-interfaced PC running Nuendo 7. With eight to 10 cameras rolling simultaneously, plus recording 12 to 32 tracks of audio, running time-of-day timecode ensured that all media were synched. In addition, the audio team utilized Sound Devices 788T with its CL-8 Mixing Control Surface to capture and mix audio during off-site filming situations.

The post production team was able to handle the Ingest and Media Management using just two PCs and an iMac. Materials were ingested directly from each PIX-CADDY via USB 3.0 and/or FW800. By using one PIX-CADDY per SSD drive, they were able to minimize wear and tear on the drive contacts, further ensuring reliable performance for the entire production.

Several key members of the MasterChef China crew also worked with Grochowski and the International Channel of Shanghai on Season 2 of The Amazing Race: China Rush, which was recently awarded the “Best Adaptation of an Existing Format” award from the Asian Television Awards held this past December.

Sound Devices PIX 240 is the perfect companion to a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films, such as ARRI and RED, as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. Sound Devices latest update for PIX offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Users can connect PIX 240 and 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows.

The PIX 240i’s high-performance five-inch, IPS-based LCD display is an accurate field monitor, providing users with immediate confirmation of framing, exposure, focus, audio metering, and setup menu selections. It offers excellent color accuracy and contrast, great off-axis visibility, and accurate motion tracking.

PIX 240 and 240i users now have the ability to record into Apple ProRes 4444, which offers impressive quality with 4:4:4 sources and workflows involving alpha channel transparency. With its 12-bit, 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240 and 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4 capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3.

Additional features available in this latest v3.0 firmware update include time-code and recording status displays on the SDI and HDMI outputs, up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay, and selectable 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 video output independent from the source material.

The built-in hardware scaler and frame rate converter allows PIX to output and record material at different resolutions and frame rates than supported by the camera. Conversion between HD and SD, with and without anamorphic conversion, is available.

The audio circuitry of the PIX recorders is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high-headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES OFFERS LIVE-LINK REMOTE CAMERA INTERFACE SYSTEM FOR 4K PRODUCTION

New System is Ready for the Future

SKOKIE, IL, JANUARY 22, 2013 – Studio Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of tailored high-performance audio, video and fiber-optic products for the professional audio, installation and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce that a new version of its best-selling Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System is now available for 4K applications. The 07X-series is ready to tackle the unique requirements of the emerging 4K camera systems. Especially suited for live sports and event productions, this newest member of the Live-Link family delivers all the power and flexibility of the standard Live-Link systems along with the unique resources required by broadcasters seeking a 4K solution. The camera end unit features four 3G-SDI-compatible inputs to accommodate data-intensive 4K digital video streams and an additional 3G/HD/SD-SDI input for an alternate digital video stream. The camera end unit also includes a 3G/HD/SD-SDI return from the control room unit for confidence monitoring. All signals are transported using just two strands of single-mode fiber, one each for signals in each direction.

“4K video is shaping up to be a significant advancement for live sports and event coverage. When used with super slow motion applications it can offer stunning images and crystal-clear extreme close-up shots,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In response to customer requests, we built on our existing Live-Link systems and added four time-aligned 3G-SDI inputs to handle the four-quadrant 4K video signal. The new 4K-compatible Live-Link system is camera agnostic and is directly compatible with several manufacturer’s products. As 4K production matures, and different cameras and processing equipment are introduced to the market, the new Live-Link system will remain a valuable part of the 4K production environment.”
The Live-Link 07X-series is designed to make 4K camera location deployment quick and easy. It is a complete solution for transporting 4K and monitor video, on-air audio, intercom and IFB communications, and data between the camera position in the field and a production vehicle or studio. Operating over two strands of single-mode fiber-optic cable makes interconnecting the units very simple. The camera side offers four analog mic/line sends (camera to control room) with selectable gain and 48 V phantom power, along with two analog audio returns (control room to camera). Live-Link 07X also incorporates a 2-channel IFB output (camera side) and two 4-wire interfaces (on the control room unit) that transitions to a 2-channel party-line (PL) intercom circuit on the camera end. The PL “comms” system features an auto nulling function that leads to great audio quality. Both the party-line intercom and IFB outputs provide DC power to support industry-standard user devices. In addition, the system includes 10/100 Ethernet, RS-232, RS-422 data transport as well as support for GPI/GPO control signals.
Users can deploy a Live-Link system in essentially the time required to run two-strands of single-mode fiber-optic cable between the camera location and the truck or studio location. Fiber runs up to 10 km can easily be supported. Power for the Live-Link units can be provided by mains-powered 12 volt DC supplies or using broadcast-standard rechargeable batteries.
About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1978 with a commitment to design and manufacture dependable, individualized solutions for broadcast studio, stadium and corporate environments. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader that has never wavered from its individualized design pledge. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, broadcast support, mobile broadcast, intercom and IFB, announcer consoles, loudspeaker monitor control systems and sound pressure level monitor systems. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologies website at www.studio-tech.com or call 847.676.9177.

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Erika Earl Joins Vintage King Audio’s Experienced VKLA Staff

Tech Manager & Sales Consultant for LA Flagship Store and Demo Studio

Vintage King Audio, the world’s leader in sales of high-end boutique and vintage recording equipment, has hired industry veteran Erika Earl to serve as Tech Manager/Sales Consultant in its Los Angeles flagship store and demo studio, VKLA.

Earl adds a wealth of technical experience to the seasoned VKLA team, with a specialty in analog systems, having performed repair, service, and quality control for a wide range of top manufacturers, including Tube-Tech, Drawmer, Focusrite, Daking, Bock Audio, Avid, Little Labs, and many others.

In addition to bringing a decade’s worth of skills, passion, and experience for the technical, behind-the-scenes side of professional audio, Earl has extensive experience in front of the console as well, working as an engineer in studios throughout Arizona as well as The Distillery in Costa Mesa, California. Most recently, she served as Head of Technology and Chief Technician for LA’s landmark studio The Village, and will be continuing to work with them as a technical advisor.

Earl is also an Advisory Council member of The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy. She will be working with Vintage King’s diverse base of clients in the custom-designed VKLA showroom and demo studio, which features a range of boutique and vintage gear available in an acoustically refined, true studio environment.

Earl commented on her new fellow Vintage King and VKLA staff members, “The experience, education, and collective intelligence of this exceptional group of people is unparalleled. I am thrilled to be invited and beyond excited to contribute to The Vintage King family.” Earl and the VKLA staff are available immediately to help artists and audio professionals demo new, boutique, and classic gear. Interested customers can learn more and set up a private listening appointment by visiting: http://www.vintageking.com/vkla.

ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is the world’s largest retailer of high-end new and vintage recording equipment, with a dedicated restoration center for servicing and preserving classic gear. The company’s product lines range from iconic collectibles to exciting new boutique products, including gear from such respected brands as Avid, Barefoot Sound, Shadow Hills Industries, Neve, Inward Connections, Helios, and ProAc. Through an experienced staff of engineers and seasoned musicians, Vintage King Audio provides the passion, know-how, and resources necessary to help clients make the most informed purchase possible. Vintage King customers can take advantage of free consultations all the way through to customized on-site turnkey installations, with a free warranty and lifetime support adding value to all work and products. While the company has maintained this customer-focused approach since its founding in the early 1990s, Vintage King surpasses the basic functions of an audio dealership, connecting with the professional audio community through holding events, panel discussions, and national product launches. For more information, visit:
http://www.vintageking.com/about-us.

DPA Makes An Impact At The GNC Awards In Beirut

 

A large selection of DPA microphones were deployed at the first Gibran National Committee Annual Awards Ceremony, which took place in Beirut to honour and promote distinguished Lebanese innovators.

More than 60 musicians, 40 choristers and two presenters took part in the event and every one of them was miked with a DPA microphone.

Sound engineer Roger Bou Farhat, head of Beirut-based rental company Loud N Clear, supplied all of the audio equipment for the Awards ceremony. He says: “I specified DPA microphones because they always deliver fantastic results. As this was a highly prestigious event, the audio had to be first class and I knew that DPA would be up to the challenge.”

DPA d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones were used to mic the entire orchestra and also the Guy Manukian band, which performed at the ceremony. For the band’s piano, high hat and oriental percussion instruments Roger Bou Farhat used DPA 2011 Twin Diaphragm directional microphones, while for the choir he used 12 DPA 4011A cardioid microphones, which were chosen for their ability to deliver a natural, accurate sound with extremely low distortion. The microphone line-up was completed with two DPA 4098H supercardioid microphones located on the presenters’ podium. The presenters also wore DPA d:fine™ single ear headset microphones.

The Gibran National Committee Annual Awards aims to uphold the cultural values of the Lebanese philosopher, writer and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. 12 recipients were honoured at the ceremony, which took place at the Casino du Liban in Beirut.

“The Awards ceremony was a huge success and the DPA microphones all performed flawlessly,” Roger Bou Farhat says. “As this is now an annual event I am confident that DPA microphones will be playing a big part in next year’s ceremony, too.”

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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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DPA Delivers Sweet Sounding Jazz

 

Acclaimed Chicago vocalist and songwriter Dee Alexander has joined the growing band of international artists who have discovered the joy of singing with a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone.

Ms Alexander was encouraged to try DPA’s d:facto hand-held vocal microphone at the Umbria Winter Jazz festival, which took place in Orvieto, Italy in December 2012.

“I’m always willing to try something new. I was introduced to the d:facto during sound checks for the festival and wasn’t at all nervous about giving it a go,” she says. “I was impressed with its sleek look, the way it felt in my hand and the natural pure sound quality that allowed me to vocalize with ease and comfort. It was like tasting something sweet for the first time!”

Salvatore Zocco, product manager at DPA’s Italian distributor Casale Bauer, says: “Gianni Grassilli, whose PA rental company provided equipment and FOH sound engineers for the festival, has long been a fan of DPA microphones and was keen to try the new d:facto vocal microphone on a major project. We provided him with a couple of microphones and he encouraged the artists to use them and give feedback. Dee, who was one of the festival’s headline acts, really embraced the microphone and found it perfectly suited to her technique. On some occasions she was almost three feet away from the microphone, yet it still captured the dynamics of her performance and the amazing precision of her vocals.”

Although Dee Alexander’s talents span every music genre, from Gospel and R&B through to Blues to Neo-Soul, her real love is Jazz, which she delivers with a style and passion that is truly her own. Besides being a phenomenal headliner in her own right, Ms Alexander has performed as the opening act for many of her musical peers, including David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers, Joshua Redman, and the O’Jays.

Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble completed a CD entitled Sketches of Light, which was recorded and produced by Umbria Jazz. She is now working on a project focusing on classic songs by artists such as Gloria Lynn, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.

“I used the DPA d:facto for all of my performances in Orvieto and loved it,” she adds. “I can’t thank Gianni enough for introducing me to the d:facto. It captured the essence, quality and natural sound of my voice and I did not have to work hard at all. It truly is a microphone of excellence.”

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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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