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RF Equipment and On-Site Technical Expertise Ensures Exceptional Coverage for Latin Pop Culture Awards
MIAMI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – When Telemundo’s third annual Premios Tu Mundo awards show took to the stage at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on-hand to support the star-studded spectacular, providing RF equipment and on-site expertise for the red carpet, morning show and live broadcast of the pop culture awards program.
Premios Tu Mundo is an awards show that celebrates Latin pop culture and combines the power of television, web, mobile and social media platforms to give fans the final say in what’s hot in everything that moves and inspires them, including novelas, music, fashion, movies and sports. The red carpet pre-show featured celebrities such as Yandel, Juanes and David Bisbal, to name a few.
“Since the show’s inception three years ago, the PWS team has been providing a range of wireless equipment along with its expert frequency coordination services, and we are excited to be back once again,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “Live broadcasts always present their own unique set of challenges, but, we are incredibly familiar with the American Airlines Arena and the Miami RF market, which offers us a significant advantage, as we can anticipate the general causes for concern during the show and remain on-guard and ready to solve any issues that may arise within the spectrum.”
During the Premios Tu Mundo festivities, PWS supplied the network with microphones, IFBs and wireless communications for the red carpet event and Telemundo’s morning show, Un Nuevo Día, which built up excitement for the show by broadcasting enticing promotional segments in the days leading up to the awards. The PWS team, including Evan Hall and Frankie Castro, offered their onsite support to Telemundo’s morning show. PWS also worked closely with Brooks Schroeder, the main RF coordinator during the event, and Chad Meise, along with John Garrido, handled frequency coordination for the red carpet.
For the live broadcast itself, PWS provided Shure Axient systems, Shure PSM 1000s, Shure UHFRs, Sennheiser 5200 Is, Telex BTR 800 wireless intercoms and IFBs, as well as a range of PWS’ Domed and Helical Antennas. PWS worked with Brooks Schroeder, who handled frequency coordination for the show, in addition to Acoutech, which provided the show with PA and monitor systems, microphones and in-ear monitors.
Throughout the duration of the live broadcast, PWS worked with Schroeder to monitor the event, continuously searching for unregistered wireless devices that posed the potential of frequency interference. “It is important to stay on top of who is using the spectrum and to ensure that everyone is in compliance so that there are no unexpected signal issues, especially since this is a live broadcast,” adds Van Winkle. “With our experience and expertise, the services we provide, along with the gear we select, allow us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise, ensuring a smooth broadcast for the awards show’s multitude of listeners tuning in from their homes.”
For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.
About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.
Zakk Brandon and CAD E100S
For years, Doug Brandon has been a triple-threat in the gaming world with voiceovers, music composition and sound design. Now Doug’s son Zakk has joined him in gaming with both sharing credits on successful games such as Konami Digital Entertainment’s Casino League, a free-to-play Texas Hold ‘em, Blackjack and Slots game that can be played with real-life players.
Discussing his work process, Doug confirms that voiceovers are “fairly standard. A script is written and actors submit a short read with producers and designers generally making the decision on which actor is used. I make sure the correct mic is chosen and the audio get cleanly produced and handed off in the correct format.”
Asked about his mic of choice in terms of voiceovers, Doug responds, “There are a number of compelling features about the CAD E100S. It’s very accurate in terms of its response, which is why I can use it for a variety of voice talents. The noise floor on the microphone is very low which allows the sound of the VO actor to come through very cleanly.
“Although I use high-end preamps for recording at the studio, we sometimes have to go on location to record,” Doug explains. “The E100S makes it possible for me to use a less expensive portable preamp while still delivering the same quality of audio that I am used to. It is a testament to the quality and design of the E100S that allows me to get a constant warm sound no matter what preamp I use with it.”
A video editor by trade, Doug’s son Zakk has worked as SFX designer and audio producer as well. He’s also had an extensive amount of vocal training in both acting and music while striving to cultivate a unique sounding voice for professional voiceovers.
In addition to working as the announcer on Casino League, Zakk has been the voice of all the monster characters on Konami’s Boo Seeker and a few characters on Konami’s Silent Hill HD.
Discussing his voiceover work process, Zakk explains, “My agent sends me an audition, I study the references or actors the client would like the copy to sound like in terms of tone, warmth etc. I practice a few different takes as the client likes some variety in auditions. Usually I do two to three takes on a role and send it off to my agent for submission.
“Over the years, I’ve tried a few different mics but stand by the E100S. It has the best clarity I’ve found in a mic with less pops and clicks. With other mics I notice my low-end range tends to sound too warm and reverberate a great deal. With the E100S, my reads are very clean and it really shows off my voice from subtle to robust.”
For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.
Doug Brandon — dougbrandonstudio.com
Zakk Brandon — ZakkBrandon.com
Technology and Celebrities Draw Big Crowd to Music City USA
Pictured: Vintage King Nashville – Winner of the 29th annual TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Photo Credit: CJ Hicks.
For the second year, Pensado’s Place & Vintage King are teaming up to produce one of the biggest gear and music-making expos in America. This time in Nashville, attendees will once again be able to demo gear, talk directly with manufacturer reps, watch live interviews, mingle with celebrity guests, ride the tour bus, win prizes, enjoy local food trucks and meet Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick of Pensado’s Place.
Pensado’s Place is the acclaimed hour-long weekly educational web series that celebrates the evolving landscape of music and technology and gives a voice to its leaders and innovators.
This free event all goes down at Vintage King’s award-winning facility and surrounding yards in the famous Berry Hill neighborhood on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 10am until 4pm.
The celebration kicks off in the Vintage King parking lot with a rocking block party and special guests, including John Mcbride (Martina Mcbride, Blackbird), Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers), Justin Niebank (Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow), Vance Powell (Jack White, Beck) and many more.
“Getting high profile producers, engineers and gear makers together with block party-goers is ideal,” said Vintage King Audio Director of Marketing Jason Van Doorn. “It’s like a mini-convention, but in a more relaxed and fun setting.”
The official “Pensado/Vintage King Gear Expo Tour Bus” will be taking visitors back and forth to Blackbird Studio all day long. As one of Vintage King’s biggest supporters, Blackbird has hosted historic sessions with artists such as Neil Young, the White Stripes, Bruce Springsteen and more. Giving guests another opportunity to check out new and vintage gear hard at work, partygoers will be able to see John and Martina McBride’s studio in all of its glory.
“What a great fall event in Music City, USA, bringing together people from all facets of the recording community,” commented Brian Kraft, Chief Academic Officer and COO for Recording Radio Film Connection. “We look forward to seeing old industry friends as well as meeting new ones. It’s all about connecting.”
Sponsors with booths on site include Recording Radio Film Connection, Moog, Rupert Neve Designs, sE Electronics, Genelec, Ultimate Ears, Chandler Limited, M1 Distribution and more.
“We’re anticipating a huge gathering for this second annual Vintage King Gear Expo,” commented Tom Menrath, Vintage King Audio Head of Strategic Development. “It’s going to be a very special day for Nashville and the entire pro audio community.”
RSVP to attend here: http://gearexponashville.com/
Pensado Vintage King Gear Expo Nashville 2014
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204
Gear Expo Nashville website: http://gearexponashville.com/
ABOUT VINTAGE KING AUDIO
Vintage King Audio is a leader in professional audio sales, studio consulting, and comprehensive gear servicing. No matter the scope of a client’s needs or goals – from selecting a new microphone to designing a studio from the ground up – Vintage King distinguishes itself with standard-setting customer service, which begins with the company’s knowledgeable, industry-experienced staff. For more information, visit: http://www.vintageking.com/about-us
ABOUT PENSADO’S PLACE
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/
Orange County, CA – September 2014… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Roscoe Anthony to the position of President.
Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz after a lengthy and successful tenure as President of Califone, a leading provider of audio and multimedia solutions for education. His twelve years at Califone saw the company through a period of record growth, including a dramatic transition of the company’s product lines from analog to digital.
His resume also includes stints as Division Manager for pro audio manufacturer Tascam, as well as executive positions at JBL Professional and SKB. Also an experienced advertising executive, Anthony presided over award-winning ad agency Reeds & Farris, and was named one of the “Top 100 People in Advertising” by Advertising Age magazine.
Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz during a period of unprecedented growth for the company. Throughout the recent economic downturns, Renkus-Heinz has seen a continued surge in sales, and has made significant additions to its engineering staff. Anthony’s new position will see him spearheading the company’s continued evolution, working closely with company founder and Chairman Harro Heinz.
“Roscoe brings with him an extraordinarily wide-ranging skillset, with deep expertise in business, marketing, and manufacturing, along with a powerful grasp of today’s complex technologies,” remarks Harro Heinz. “We are truly pleased to welcome him, and are looking forward to working together.”
“Renkus-Heinz is one of a handful legendary companies that has paved the foundations of professional audio,” adds Anthony, “I’m honored to be joining the organization at such an auspicious time, and I look forward to helping guide the company to a path of even greater growth and success.”
Celebrates with September Sweepstakes – 30 Days of Giveaways!
Los Angeles, CA – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, recording gear, live sound equipment, and technical services has launched a completely new and redesigned website and full-featured online store. To celebrate the grand opening, the company is hosting a sweepstakes during the month of September and giving away 30 prizes from a host of top pro audio brands.
Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 3, 2014 – Riptide Music Group, a “sync-flavored” global publishing administration company with services that include the worldwide synchronization of music for advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames, has announced that its artist Helen Austin is the co-winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s “Song of the Year.”
Austin won the contest along with her colleague Paul Otten for having co-written the song “Colour It.” To watch Austin perform that song, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5LPS_9Dq8E
As “Song of the Year” winners, Austin and Otten won $ 20,000 in cash, in addition to prizes from SSL, Avid, Mackie and Digital Media Academy. The duo has received other prizes during 2013 after having won last year’s “Lennon Award” and the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s “Children’s” category. “Colour It” was selected to win this year’s top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Executive Judges, who included Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, George Clinton, Prince Royce, Bootsy Collins, Sean Paul, and others.
Earlier this year, Riptide Music Group placed an original song by Helen Austin, entitled “Little Things,” in a national TV commercial for Dawn Soap. To view that TV spot, please see: http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7KNL/dawn-little-things
ABOUT HELEN AUSTIN:
Originally from the UK and now living on Vancouver Island in Canada, Helen Austin met Ohio-based Paul Otten while they both appeared on a songwriting conference panel. Austin and Otten co-wrote and produced the title track of Austin’s 2014 JUNO Award-winning album “Colour It,” which also won a 2014 Award from the International Songwriting Competition (ISC.) This collaboration spawned their new project, Big Little Lions, which also won the ISC Award.
Big Little Lions released its debut EP, entitled “Paper Cage,” earlier this year. Songs from the EP have been licensed for advertisements for Microsoft and Ikea, as well as for TV shows “Catfish” (MTV) and “Total Divas” (E!) For more info, please see: http://www.helenaustin.com/
ABOUT THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST:
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. A total of over $ 300,000 in cash awards and prizes are distributed each year by the JLSC, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions, with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. For more information, please visit: www.jlsc.com
ABOUT RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP:
Formed in early 2014 by the mergers of Riptide Music and Pigfactory, Riptide Music Groupis comprised of three operating units:Riptide Rights: Riptide Rights oversees publishing and master rights for administration and sync representation; Riptide One: Riptide One is a carefully curated catalog of independent artists, bands, producers and composers which offers a diverse range of music for licensing in advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames; and Pacifica Music Library: A modern production music library previously established as a joint venture between Riptide Music and Pigfactory, the Pacifica catalog offers music for all visual media.
Riptide Music Group is located at 9469 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 114, Culver City, CA 90232. The phone is 310.437.4380. For more information, please see: www.riptidemusic.com
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“Ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons to choose the SSL C10”
STAMFORD, CT – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has upgraded its post production facilities with a Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console in Audio 5 studio to support foreign language broadcasts. WWE programs, including Monday Night RAW, SmackDown and WWE Total Divas are delivered to 650 million homes in over 150 countries and translated into 30 languages. WWE live and televised entertainment encompasses terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcast and Pay-Per-View, along with the recently-launched over-the-top (OTT) WWE Network. The C10 HD is used to simulcast RAW in Spanish live in the U.S. and to Spanish-speaking countries like Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is also used for multilingual voice to picture (ADR) post-production of all WWE shows for localized programming in Brazil, China (in Mandarin), Japan and Russia.
“While our five-room facility is primarily used for post production, we need to broadcast the Spanish language version of RAW live from our Audio 5 room,” says Jason Miller, Senior Broadcast Engineer for WWE. “Being able to handle both the post-production and live broadcast roles was extremely important in our choice of a console. SSL is just rock-solid reliable and the topography is very straightforward and easy for an operator to use. We had an onsite demo of several competitor consoles, but, while they had some bells and whistles, they always took too many button presses to get to where the operator needed to go. Beyond the great sound, ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons for us to choose the SSL C10.”
WWE produces nearly 320 events over 52 weeks each year, so production efficiency is the rule for the busy studio complex. Audio 5, the studio control room used to accomplish the translations has a dedicated booth for voice-over and commentary work. When used for the live Monday Night RAW broadcast, Audio 5 takes its feed directly from the OB truck at the event and uses the C10 to complete the live Spanish version. Both the English and Spanish versions are simulcast on USA Network in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, while TelaVisa broadcasts the show in Spanish on tape delay.
“We have two Spanish speaking announcers working the RAW show here at the studio,” continues Miller. “One of the immediate benefits of the console was the sound, which ensures that our Spanish simulcast has the same quality audio as our main broadcast. In fact, Jim Widman, WWE’s Audio Engineer who handles 95 percent of the workload in Audio 5, has been with the company for years and he was just over the moon with the functionality and sound of the SSL. Additionally, Chris Argento, who is also VP and head of post audio and the final word in selecting the console, was equally impressed. In fact, all of the operators in the complex just rave about the sound quality of the C10.”
The presets on the C10 also help to streamline workflow, which requires that a variety of engineers and languages are being supported from the same space. “Everything about the C10 makes our job easier and better than before,” adds Widman. “We have many operators running the console to accomplish our Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions and there are many presets being used for different situations, such as an ISDN session, ADR or live production, as well as for voice over and commentary. With the push of a button, we can instantly recall a setup and start working. Additionally, we can also expand our functions through the production assistant software packages that are available on the console. Essentially, the C10 accomplishes everything we need it to do very effectively.”
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
Joined by Keltner, Was, Brion, Tench, Elizondo, and Apple
Pictured in Ocean Way’s historic Studio B are (L-R) Don Was, bass; Jim Keltner, drums; Blake Mills, vocals/guitars; Greg Koller, engineer; Mike Elizondo, bass. Photo by David Goggin.
Renowned guitarist, songwriter, and producer Blake Mills has recorded his highly anticipated second album, “Heigh Ho,” at the legendary Ocean Way studios in Hollywood. The self-produced album will be released September 16th via Verve Records / Record Collection and is available for pre-order at iTunes, where those who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of the tracks “If I’m Unworthy” and “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me.”
“The goals for ‘Heigh Ho’ were songs, sonics, and capturing performance,” Mills said. “I love my first album and how it sounds, but since making “Break Mirrors” I feel like I’ve heard enough music that seems to be overtly ‘lo-fi’ or reverb-saturated; so I was interested in finding a combination of sounds that I hadn’t heard used together before. I was very fortunate to be able to call on this group of people to help me map some new terrain.”
To that end, Mills asked several of his musical heroes – including Jim Keltner, Don Was, Jon Brion, Benmont Tench, Mike Elizondo, and Fiona Apple (who duets on the slow-burning “Seven” and timeless sounding “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me”) – to collaborate on what would become “Heigh Ho.” “Blake arranged the music the way that Cézanne would’ve filled a canvas,” Don Was notes of his experience playing in Blake’s band. “He’s a mind-blowingly great artist with the type of deep vision that is the hallmark of true genius. It’s so inspiring for musicians to play with a cat like that! If he asked us to play in orange, we wanted to give him a shade that burned so brightly as to blind the unsuspecting.”
Recorded in Hollywood at the legendary Ocean Way studios in a room built for Frank Sinatra and used by everyone from Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Mills created an album that references a range of genres without really belonging to any.
“Different songs feature slightly different bands,” said Mills. “These guys are world class musicians, and also some world class record producers. That combination produced something rare; a wide open way of playing that consistently delivers the spirit of a song. It reflects the spontaneity, maturity, and tastefulness of my all-time favorite records.”
Since quietly making his debut album, “Break Mirrors,” which critics hailed as one of the best albums of 2010, Mills has been consistently busy. He’s producing the highly anticipated sophomore album for The Alabama Shakes, and has worked as a producer with a wide variety of artists, including ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Sara Watkins, Conor Oberst, Sky Ferreira, and Fiona Apple, with whom he toured extensively in 2013 and 2014.
As a session player and sideman he has worked with Beck, Cass McCombs, Jackson Brown, Lucinda Williams, Moses Sumney and Neil Diamond, among others. Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett frequently call upon his services as a guitarist, and equally enamored is Eric Clapton who recently told Rolling Stone magazine “Blake Mills is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal.”
Additionally, today Blake Mills announced a 13 city headlining U.S. tour to take place this fall. The run of dates will kick off on September 17th at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. All fans who purchase a ticket to any of the upcoming headlining dates will receive a complimentary download of “Heigh Ho” on release day.
Learn more at: http://www.blakemillsonline.com/
For information about Ocean Way, visit:
Contact Robin Goodchild for all booking requests.
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Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i and Sound Devices 970 Address the Multiple-Source Audio/Video Needs of Today’s Large-Scale Productions
AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, along with its new video-products brand Video Devices, is giving audio and video equipment racks a makeover with a full suite of rack-mounted solutions, including the Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i and Sound Devices 970 audio recorder, at the 2014 IBC Show (Hall 8, Stand B59). Seamlessly replacing tape- and disc-based video decks, the PIX line of products are a complete offering addressing a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events, and mobile production. In addition, Sound Devices will feature its first-ever dedicated, audio-only rack-mounted solution, the 970, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording.
Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings for production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files, and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.
Both PIX products feature extensive network connectivity, and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective, scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s productions. Each product’s built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. In addition, PIX 270i features built-in multiple-unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel.
With its built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output, the PIX line is designed for multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources. PIX 270i and PIX 250i include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available. Its convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. The PIX 270i offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.
A powerful tool for professionals requiring a significant number of audio channels, Sound Devices 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.
With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word clock synchronization from external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.
The Sound Devices 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks, as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante.
Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i and Sound Devices 970 all feature the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, these newest rack-mounted products feature FileSafe™, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. This occurs when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files.
Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.
Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.
At IBC 2014, Fairlight will showcase 3D Audio Workspace (3DAW), a new platform for immersive and object oriented 3D Sound Production.
Aimed at the film and television post production market, 3D Audio Workspace reinforces the industry’s drive for the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by providing a comprehensive and diverse environment for 3D audio production.
“Fairlight has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology, but even by our high standards 3DAW is one of the most exciting products we have launched in many years,” says Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s CTO.
One of the features that make 3DAW so unique is AirPan – a brand new concept that allows operators to use a Virtual Reality (VR) style input to position and control images in a 3D space.
“This feature is incredibly cool because you can literally reach out into the airspace monitored by the controller and by just moving your fingers in the air, you can pan, rotate, tilt and spread your sound in space,” Fibaek adds.
Fairlight’s 3DAW adds immersive sound capabilities to an existing digital audio workstation, whilst remaining fully compatible with an established workflow. This open platform configuration support VST® and RTAS® plugins, as well as ASIO® for I/O and sync sharing.
“The philosophy behind Fairlight’s 3DAW is to give sound mixers a post production solution that works with all platforms,” Tino Fibaek adds. “Different deliverables require different technologies, so Fairlight’s immersive platform provides the best of both worlds, supporting object orientated implementations such as Dolby’s Atmos and DTS’ MDA and fixed bus formats in 2D and 3D, from stereo through to 5.1 and all the way up to NHK’s impressive 22.2 format.”
Fairlight has ensured post production facilities can easily connect to their studio workspace. Integrated, user definable B-chain processing supports up to 34 discrete speaker outputs allowing sound mixers to switch instantly between different surround formats, different speaker sets, speaker muting and soloing and comprehensive metering.
For more information about Fairlight’s 3D Audio Workspace and other innovations in the Fairlight range, please visit us at IBC 2014 – Hall 7, Stand H17. Or visit the company’s website –www.fairlight.com.au
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
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