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COUNTRYMAN B3 OMNIDIRECTIONAL LAVALIER MICS CENTRAL TO PRODUCTION OF “BIG BROTHER CANADA”

** Photo: The "Big Brother Canada" crew **

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 2014… As one of the largest reality show franchises on television, Big Brother follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the House Guests vote each other out until, at the end of three months, the last remaining House Guest wins the grand prize. Big Brother Canada, produced by Insight Productions Company LTD. for Shaw Media Inc. and airing on both Global and Slice television, allows one to see how people react when forced into close confinement with others outside their comfort zone. Capturing the interactions of the contestants is what makes the show so interesting and to ensure not a snippet of dialog is missed, B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier microphones from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates are used extensively. more

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LECTROSONICS HELPS BRING THE HILLBARN THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “THE COLOR PURPLE” TO LIFE

** Photo: Alan Chang **

San Francisco, CA – July, 2014… The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of Celie, a downtrodden woman who –through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity and find her unique voice in the world. The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s award winning novel and landmark film by director Steven Spielberg comes to vivid life on the stage. Set to a moving score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a tribute to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Helping to ensure the very best possible audio delivery, the technical crew behind the scenes deployed a combination of wireless microphone, DSP, and audio networking technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

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LECTROSONICS CAPTURES THE ACTION ON “FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES”

*** John McKallip ***

San Antonio, TX – July, 2014… Football—it’s a hugely popular sport for people of all ages. And in Texas, where everything is BIG, there’s even a league for the little guys. That’s right. We’re talkin’ 8 and 9 year olds! Friday Night Tykes, on the Esquire Network—an NBCUniversal network— is a TV show that focuses on the competitive Rookies division in the San Antonio region of the Texas Youth Football Association. The series follows five different teams, both on and off the football field. There’s a lot of action, and Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics helps capture the excitement.

Austin, TX-based Location Sound Engineer John McKallip is one of two lead sound mixers on the show. Working with Allen Green from San Antonio, these two audio pros track and capture all the action and ensure the sound quality is everything it needs to be. McKallip’s track record is impressive. In recent years, he’s run sound for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party, Ironman World Championship Live coverage, CBS’ 60 Minutes, and the NBC Winter Olympics in Sochi. He discussed the challenges of Friday Night Tykes. more

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NEUTRIK USA’S SUPPORT OF THE JOHN LENNON EDUCATIONAL TOUR BUS ON WARPED TOUR 2014 KEEPS THE MUSIC ROCKIN’

** Wildcat Apollo band **

Charlotte, NC – July 2014… This summer it’s all about making the creative connection between young musicians, multimedia production, and live performance on the Vans Warped Tour. For 17 years in a row, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has offered fans across the nation the chance to experience this high energy music extravaganza in a whole new way. As the world’s greatest non-profit professional mobile recording studio, it is only natural for the industry’s leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, Neutrik, to fully support this endeavor. more

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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEMS ELEVATE THE EXCITEMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Hillsborough NC – July 2014… All across our great nation, Friday night high school football is a generations-old ritual that brings a school’s student body together like few other activities are capable of. As the home and opposing team try to best one another on the field, friendships are reinforced and the students are generally unified with a sense of school spirit that brings everyone together. But without being able to clearly hear the score and other pertinent announcements, much of the excitement turns to frustration. Such was the case at Orange and Cedar Ridge High Schools—until the deployment of new loudspeaker systems drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies were deployed.

Burlington, NC-based Boone Audio, Inc., a design/build firm that provides AV systems to the commercial and worship markets, was contracted to install new sound reinforcement systems at both schools. As both schools had essentially identical requirements on the football field, Boone and his team deployed two identical systems consisting of a TrueLine S-XL3-15 two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, line array loudspeaker system mated with the company’s S-118S subwoofer. Power amplification is provided by WorxAudio’s PXD-2580 and PSD-700 digital amplifiers. Boone discussed the nature of the two projects. more

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LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY CAPTURES EVERY BARK, GROWL, AND HOWL ON CBS’ “LUCKY DOG”

*** Danny Hammer ***

Los Angeles, CA – July 2014… On CBS’ TV show Lucky Dog, airing Saturday mornings, animal trainer and behaviorist Brandon McMillan, the host, visits his local shelter to rescue ‘hard-to-love, out-of control, untrained, and unadoptable dogs.’ He then takes the dog back to his ranch for training before finding each one a home. As should be obvious, filming with ‘out-of-control’ pups isn’t always walk in the (dog) park. That’s why wireless microphones are so essential to successfully capturing all that takes place, which is precisely the reason that Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics plays such a vital role in capturing the show’s audio.

Danny Hammer is the Location Sound Mixer for Lucky Dog. After earning his BA in Communications with an emphasis in film, television, and media from California State University Los Angeles, he’s been working in field production for the entertainment industry since 2008. With a resume that includes coordinating over 80 episodes of the Emmy® Award winning A&E TV series Intervention, plus numerous documentary and live productions such as The Los Angeles Kings on Kings Vision, Hammer certainly knows what to look for when it comes to wireless microphones. He discussed his use of Lectrosonics wireless technology on Lucky Dog. more

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EQUATOR MONITORS PRODUCE FOR WORLD-CLASS PRODUCER DAVID KAHNE

** Photo: David Kahne. Photo credit: Jen Maler **

New York, NY – July 2014… Located in Manhattan, Avatar Studios, formerly known as The Power Station, is one of New York’s legendary recording facilities. Tony Bennett, The Kinks, Aerosmith, and Journey are just a small sampling of the major acts that have recorded there. Avatar Studios is also home to producer / composer/ engineer David Kahne, who all by himself, has a resume that reads like the music industry’s “Best of…” list. And central to Kahne’s production efforts are studio reference monitors from San Diego, CA-based Equator Audio. more

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EQUATOR MONITORS INTREGAL TO PACIFIC BEAT RECORDING SUCCESS

** Photo: Alan Sanderson **

San Diego, CA – June 2014… The single most important attribute for any pair of studio monitors is the ability to deliver a mix that translates well to a wide range of playback mediums. From inexpensive earbuds to high-end ‘cans’ with integrated noise reduction, bookshelf systems, car audio, AV setups and more, consistent playback quality is a major challenge for today’s audio engineers. Welcome to recording engineer/producer Alan Sanderson’s world. This is where the buck stops and that’s why—to ensure his clients get the audio performance they expect—Sanderson relies on his D5 studio monitors from San Diego, CA-based Equator Audio as part of his engineering solution. more

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D.A.S. AUDIO DELIVERS BIG AND CLEAR SOUND FOR PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME’S FAN FEST

Cleveland, OH – June 2014… On May 2-4, 2014, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Fan Fest was held—with thousands of fans mingling with the star-studded lineup of 100 Hall of Famers. This extraordinary event marked the most Hall of Famers gathered in one place outside of Canton, Ohio, the home of the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. Held in Cleveland’s expansive International Exposition (I-X) Center, the event included unprecedented access to the Hall of Famers through one-on-one photo opportunities for fans, instructional drills on a 100-yard indoor football field, engaging games and activities, plus roundtable talks. There was a lot going on and, to ensure the capacity crowd could hear everything clearly, a sizeable sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio was deployed.

Cleveland based Hughie’s Event Production Services, which provides live sound, staging, lighting, and video services for the special events market, was contracted to provide sound for Fan Fest. Rick Kish, the company’s Production Consultant, along with Audio Engineer Dave Taybi, were charged with delivering a sound reinforcement setup capable of handling the crowd. Kish described the project and his decision for utilizing Aero 12A and Aero 40A loudspeakers from D.A.S. Audio’s Aero Series 2 product line. more

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MOJAVE AUDIO AND ROYER LABS MICROPHONES INTEGRAL TO GOV’T MULE’S “SHOUT”

*** (from left to right): Jorgen Carllson and Steve Holroyd ***

Los Angeles, CA … Formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, Gov’t Mule has developed a loyal following for its distinct brand of Southern jam rock. These days, the band consists of Warren Haynes on guitar, drummer and original member Matt Abts, Danny Lewis on guitar and keyboards, and Jorgen Carllson on bass. Their most recent album Shout earned considerable critical acclaim—including a strong showing on The Billboard 200—and key tracks on the recording were captured with microphones from Mojave Audio and sister company Royer Labs.

LA-based producer / engineer Steve Holroyd tracked ‘World Boss’, which is the opening cut on the album, along with ‘Whisper In Your Soul’ and ‘Done Got Wise’. In addition to his work with Gov’t Mule, Holroyd’s resume includes work with AC/DC, Joe Satriani, Linda Ronstadt, Counting Crows, and Green Day to name but a few. For Holroyd, the Mojave Audio MA-200 Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone plus Royer Labs’ R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon and R-122 Active Ribbon microphones all assumed key roles in capturing the essence of the band’s performance. Holroyd discussed his use of the microphones in the production of the album. more

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