Archive for February 12th, 2013
Unique Speaker Grid Paves the Way for New Cinema Surround Sound Experience
SIGNAL HILL, CA, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — Adaptive Technologies Group, comprised of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and a premier provider of state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications, is proud to introduce its StarGrid™ overhead mounting system, specifically developed for clustering ceiling-mounted cinema speakers. This new system, which supports the latest ceiling speaker formats found in movie theaters, is designed to reduce the cost of multi-channel surround sound installations.
With digital cinema and 3D exhibition becoming state-of-the-art, directors and studios have begun implementing new object-based surround sound technologies, such as the Atmos™ surround format from Dolby Laboratories™ and the Auro format from Barco, to compliment the enhanced visual experience. Recent examples of this include the films Brave, Life of Pi and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, to name a few, as well as upcoming titles such as Star Trek: Into Darkness. Adaptive’s StarGrid system supports the adoption of such technologies with a safe, easy-to-install ceiling grid that reduces total installation costs and optimizes the installation of surround speakers.
Cinema exhibitors are taking advantage of the StarGrid system and quickly recognizing its impact on safety, ease-of-installation, as well as the confidence and predictability that Adaptive designs bring to each of its theaters.
“The engineering and design behind Adaptive’s StarGrid system has enabled us to complete our overhead installations quickly and confidently in order to meet our client’s ever-shrinking installation timelines,” says Adam Peterson, director of technical services, Universal Cinema Services. “While an auditorium is under renovation, it isn’t generating any revenue. The StarGrid allows us to get in and out of an overhead installation fast, in order to help the client get back to selling tickets.”
Proper placement and aiming of speakers in a cinema setting is vital to achieving the desired audio experience. Not every facility, however, is designed the same way. To address this, Adaptive has developed a complete beam-to-speaker design that allows the StarGrid system to be easily retrofitted into almost any theater’s space. This system comes with a variety of components that accommodate most building materials and structures, including trusses, beams, pipes and channels. Further design considerations take wire management, sound isolation and seismic conditions into account. Lastly, Adaptive offers a variety of adjustable speaker mounts that accommodate standard cinema speaker models, including those produced by Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), Electro-Voice, JBL Professional, Klipsch, Meyer Audio and QSC Audio.
“With Adaptive’s StarGrid there is finally a structurally engineered ceiling speaker attachment method that’s perfect for cinema,” says Jim Kappus, director of sales and logistics, ACS Enterprises, Inc. “It is a safe and risk-free method for properly installing overhead speakers.”
For this customized solution, Adaptive can provide the installer with a complete ceiling grid design based on facility drawings that includes dimensioned drawings for installation, a bill of materials, working load and safety factors, as well as auditorium-specific recommendations. Theater owners need only provide Adaptive with the drawings (preferably CAD files) of the facility and the placement of any acoustic wall treatment. Adaptive then creates the installation design for installers to follow, detailing the exact location of the ceiling speakers and the grid components that support them. This can also provide support for the submittal of plans for approval.
“It is really exciting to once again be a part of another major cinema technology build-out,” says Paul Allen, CEO, Adaptive Technologies Group. “For decades we have worked with leading theater chains and speaker manufacturers to develop cinema specific surround mounts for walls. With StarGrid, we have created an easy way to safely and efficiently install ceiling surrounds in auditoriums, making the whole process more predictable and less costly for theater owners. Adaptive has had a long history of supporting sound innovations and we are happy to continue this tradition with this latest offering.”
About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the art rigging and mounting solutions for a range of audio and video applications. With its combined divisions, Adaptive is a full-service solution provider, by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment worldwide. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, best safety practices and unlimited custom designs for any venue, size and application.
In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA. For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.
Compact Digital Audio Recorder Provides Superior Sonic Quality, Robustness and Reliability in Capturing Film’s Action-Packed Sound Effects
LOS ANGELES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — When Academy Award-nominated Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Statemen sought a field recorder capable of providing the superior sonic quality needed to capture background and sound effects for Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award-nominated film Django Unchained, he turned to Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder. Stateman, who has been recognized in the Sound Editing category for Django Unchained—the sixth time he has been nominated for an Academy Award—chose the 788T for its small size, reliability and ease of use.
With more than 30 years of motion picture experience, Stateman has a high set of standards when it comes to choosing gear for his film projects. The industry veteran bases his selection on sonic quality, robustness of build and reliability. As he typically works in “run-and-gun”-type recording environments, he also looks for small, lightweight equipment. According to Stateman, “Although mobility is very important, there is no substitute for sonic integrity and reliability. Year after year we compare Sound Devices with other machinery and for several years now, the Sound Devices family of recorders has proven to be the best. Sound Devices equipment will continue to be a part of our field reconnaissance.”
For Django Unchained, Stateman used the 788T to record atmosphere, background, sound effects and samples for the film’s sound design needs. “We traveled to some pretty harsh environments, including Monument Valley and Death Valley, in order to capture authentic sounds for the film,” says Stateman. “I would say the majority of the post-production sound in Django Unchained owes its roots to the recordings made possible by the 788T.”
For the movie’s fight scenes, Stateman not only recorded the sound of guns, but the shots’ echoes as well. The same holds true for other weapons such as whips and chains, and various impulse devices, including signal cannons, blank guns and live firing weapons.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated Django Unchained for an Academy Award in a total of five categories, including Sound Editing, Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Actor in a Supporting Role and Cinematography. The film is also up for several British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, including a nod to Stateman and the audio team in the sound category. Additionally, the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards nominated the film in the Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley category.
Throughout his illustrious career, Stateman has been nominated for multiple industry awards, including six Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards and 15 Motion Picture Sound Editor Awards. Stateman won the 1993 BAFTA Award for Best Sound for his work on JFK. He has also won the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards for Best Sound Editing for Inglorious Bastards (2010), Memoirs of a Geisha (2006) and Born on the Fourth of July (1990). Stateman is also the co-founder of the post-production sound services company Soundelux.
With the influx of multi-tracking both in the field and on set, the Sound Devices 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers who require additional isolated tracks. It boasts eight full-featured inputs and records to up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to left/right mixed tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.
The 788T has several options for recording media, including an internal SATA hard drive (solid-state in the 788T-SSD), CompactFlash cards, an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.
To simplify AES3 connectivity with mixers and cameras, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six channels of balanced AES3 output. The 788T can be clocked from an external word clock or from video sync. The 788T is also equipped with a high-accuracy time-code reader/generator. It also includes auto-record features to chase external rec-run video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T accepts USB keyboards directly or can be operated remotely from iOS devices with the optional CL-WiFi. The 788T, like all Sound Devices products, is versatile and designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of rigorous field production.
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.
BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Brian Setzer Orchestra (BSO) recently completed their ninth annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza 26-show full of fan favorites performed by Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra off the Boogie Woogie Christmas album.
BSO boogied through the Christmas tour with two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles and four Rio3224-D input/output boxes, provided by Sound Image of Escondido, California, who provided audio production for the tour.
James ‘Jimbo’ Neal mixed front of house using a Yamaha CL5 with two Rio3224-Ds, and Eric Scott used a second CL5 for the monitor mix along with a second pair Rio3224-Ds. “We ran the Rio boxes, which were in pairs at FOH and monitors, in redundancy through two custom-made switches from Sound Image with the assistance of Joe Lopez from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems,” states Neal.“ The CL console sounds like nothing else from Yamaha, and I found it to be a little more forgiving with a warmer low-mid and a smoother high end. I love the Premium Rack with the Rupert Neve Designs compressor and EQ.”
Neal said he previously used Dante software and hardware with a PM5D and Cubase 6 on the Rockabilly Riot Tour, where he multi-tracked every show later used for a live CD release,” Live From The Planet ” on Surf Dog Records. “The integration between the CL, Dante software, and Nuendo Live is seamless, and has made my life much easier.”
“Using the CL5 on this run of the tour was an amazing experience,” adds Scott, sighting the custom fader banks as a favorite feature which, he said, really helped out when in flip fade mode. “The combination of the Sound Image MA112 monitor wedge and the CL5 gave us the cleanest stage I ever had for Setzer.”
For more information, visit www.yamahaca.com.
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.
Thought-provoking essays on the search for balance in the art, technology, and commerce of music
MONTCLAIR, NJ (February 11, 2013) – Less Noise, More Soul features the unique perspectives of highly accomplished performers, engineers, and producers on the question how modern technology has influenced and shaped the way we create and consume music today.
The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings.
Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original challenging and though-provoking essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it’s going.
The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many “brand-name” players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.
About the author
David Flitner (Wolfeboro, NH) holds a PhD from Tufts University and has been a consultant to the US Congress. He is the author of two previous books and has written on music and public affairs for numerous publications, from major newspapers to Billboard. He composes and records with the band Thinline.
Less Noise, More Soul
Inventory #HL 00333643, ISBN: 9781617130984
Width: 6.0″ Length: 9.0″, 226 pages
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Hudson Pacific Properties Creates Unified Production Complex in Hollywood
Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: HPP) owners of the 100-year old Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, have announced the acquisition of the adjacent music recording studios of Ocean Way Recording Hollywood. The famed recording studios will remain untouched, top staff and equipment in place, as upgrades to the lounges and common spaces undergo significant upgrades.
Howard S. Stern, President and Director of Hudson Pacific Properties, commented, “It’s with great pride that we announce this strategic alliance of our legendary film and TV studios and soundstages with arguably the most honored music recording studios in the world. This combination of cutting edge visual production with the epitome of music recording is a monumental day for Hollywood.”
Allen Sides, founder and former President of Ocean Way Recording Hollywood, added, “Our standards of recording have never been matched by our peers and we could not have found a better successor to continue Ocean Way Hollywood’s legacy as the premier recording studio in the world.” Sides will continue to provide his technical and sonic expertise to the ongoing studio operations. The acquisition agreement between Sides and the new owners does not involve his other enterprises, which include Record One Studios, Ocean Way St. Barth’s, Ocean Way Nashville, Ocean Way Audio and Ocean Way Drums.
About Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood
Ocean Way Recording is the world’s most awarded studio complex, responsible for record sales of more than one billion units. Ocean Way began as United Studio, founded in 1957 by legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. In 1985, it was renamed Ocean Way by Putnam’s partner, Allen Sides, who had begun his studio career on Ocean Way in Venice, 1977. The original control rooms and recording spaces have remained virtually the same, retaining the classic untouched acoustic design favored by artists ranging from Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles to modern hitmakers such as The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Dr. Dre, U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
About Sunset Gower Studios
Located at 1438 N. Gower St. in Hollywood, Sunset Gower Studios sits on approximately 15.6 acres in the heart of Hollywood. It includes 12 soundstages and is home to Technicolor and production for several companies, including NBC Universal, ABC Studios, Showtime and HBO. Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. acquired Sunset Gower Studios in 2007.
About Sunset Bronson Studios
Sunset Bronson Studios is a 10.6 acre media and entertainment campus located in the heart of Hollywood, California. Sunset Bronson is a multi-use property with 11 soundstages and a full complement of production, post-production and support facilities. The property serves as the home of KTLA, one of the largest independent television stations in Los Angeles.
About Hudson Pacific Properties
Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate company focused on owning, operating and acquiring high-quality office properties and state-of-the-art media and entertainment properties in select growth markets primarily in Northern and Southern California. The Company’s strategic investment program targets high barrier-to-entry, in-fill locations with favorable, long-term supply-demand characteristics in select target markets, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The Company’s portfolio currently consists of approximately 5.5 million square feet, not including undeveloped land that the Company believes can support an additional 2.0 million square feet. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for federal income tax purposes. Hudson Pacific Properties is a component of the Russell 2000(r) and the Russell 3000(r) indices. For additional information, please visit:
Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt Honored for Commitment to Music Excellence
Pictured in Studio A at the Village Recording Studio are (L-R) Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO; Holly Quin-Ankrah, recording artist; Ken Caillat, renowned music producer, Tom Menrath, Vintage King Strategic Development; and Maurice Patist, PMC President of Sales & Marketing. Photo by David Goggin.
Vintage King Audio was a co-sponsor of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing celebration of its sixth annual Grammy Week event titled “An Evening Of Jazz.” The packed event honored 27-time Grammy-winning producer Quincy Jones and 18-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event was held during Grammy Week on February 6, 2013, at The Village in West Los Angeles.
Scores of musical luminaries visited Studio A’s demo suite and margarita bar hosted by PMC Speakers. Among the guests were NAMM President Joe Lamond, producer Ken Caillat and recording artist Holly Quin-Ankrah, P&E Wing Executive Director Maureen Droney, producer/engineer Nathaniel Kunkel and wife Justine, singer/songwriter Kristina Helene, and event host Tom Menrath, Strategic Development for Vintage King Audio.
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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
Having already used PixelFLEX’s unique flexible and lightweight LED Curtain video wall system on tour since 2011, Luke Bryan is featuring a 60′ x 40′ 100mm Curtain with another 40′ x 30′ 18mm Curtain during his headlining tour in 2013 to provide an enhanced video experience for concert-goers. Both Curtain systems are custom-made by PixelFLEX.
Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Given the high-quality video and visual effects the solution has produced for Bryan’s production team during previous tours, the artist’s production manager is confident that expanding the use of the Curtain for the 2013 tour will offer fans an even better live show experience with minimal impact on the road crew.
“The PixelFLEX solution is a great product for a number of reasons,” said Pete Healey, production manager and front-of-house mixer. “It’s durable, flexible and lightweight, which makes it easy to set up, tear down and pack on the truck in a compact fashion. At the end of the night, we bring the truss in and the Curtain folds right into a case, which then gets stacked three high in the truck.”
Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display.
“The flexibility of the Curtain gives us creative freedom in how we use it in different venues,” Healey continued. “As a support act last year, we didn’t have access to all of the headliner’s video product. So, we wrapped the PixelFLEX system around cylinders to make sure that fans sitting side of stage or upstage had a view of the show’s visual elements. We couldn’t have done that with a hard product.”
An industry veteran, Healey believes that production should be invisible – the main focus needs to be on the performer. Still, he understands that production plays a vital role in the concert experience for fans.
“With our headline tour this year, we are using the PixelFLEX Curtain in a way that provides a big ‘WOW’ factor for our audience,” Healey remarked. “Whereas most acts use a 60′ x 40′ stardrop on tour, we’ve decided to use PixelFLEX’s 100mm Curtain with a lo-res backdrop and hi-res big screen in front. At first, it might look like another stardrop, but once we start mapping our content through it the difference will be drastic.”
For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.
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