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New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers
REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 14, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Aldershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to service the company’s growing international customer base directly.
With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.
“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our international customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”
The European Service Center is capable of providing all levels of repair for the full Sound Devices and Video Devices product ranges. In addition, the Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. Customers should contact their local distributor directly if they need any repairs undertaken.
The Service Center is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling any repairs needed in the area,” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”
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 and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.
OXFORD, ENGLAND, U.K. – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce its Live Console Operator Training Days. Aimed at serving as an introduction to the SSL Live console, these free one-day courses will include hands-on experience for all participants. The training sessions will take place at the company’s Oxford, England-based headquarters on 17th and 18th September, 1st and 2nd October and 5th and 6th November. While these events are completely free, numbers are strictly limited. All interested parties are encouraged to apply via the online application form, found online at store.solidstatelogic.com/forms/live-training.
Currently featuring its V2 Software, SSL Live is the company’s first console for live sound production, suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Reception to the console by the industry has been extremely positive since its announcement last year, with Live already appearing on tour with The Killers, Jason Aldean and Flogging Molly as well as at various music festivals, such as WOMAD and Live at Edinburgh Castle.
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.
Designed for Both Studio and Live Sound
The new TELEFUNKEN THP-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has introduced the new THP-29 Extreme Isolation headphones, designed for both the studio and live sound environments. Ultra high-fidelity, high-input 40mm speaker drivers featuring TruSound™ Tonal Accuracy are integrated with 29dB of eco-friendly natural passive isolation. The result is a headphone designed to protect the eardrums from damage and improve the recording, performing and listening experience.
Ideal for use by live mixers who need to block out monitor speakers, or by drummers who need to be able to hear the mix without setting their volume at an unreasonably high level, the THP-29 is a perfect professional performance and recording tool. The closed back design, lightweight construction, adjustable head strap and padded ear cushions provide optimum comfort during lengthy recording or listening sessions. The advanced isolation capabilities eliminate extra bleed in the recording studio while giving an average of 29dB of noise reduction over a wide frequency range. The THP-29s can also be used as critical mixing headphones during post-production.
Developed in partnership with Direct Sound, the TELEFUNKEN THP-29 Extreme Isolation headphones come with padded adjustable headband, storage pouch, and jack adaptor, providing passive isolation with no batteries required.
MSRP $135.00 Learn more and order here:
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to each and every one of their customers.
For more info, visit: http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, AUGUST 11, 2014 — Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, recently presented a charitable contribution to ROAD RECOVERY, a non-profit organization devoted to helping today’s youth overcome addiction and other adversities. With this donation, ROAD RECOVERY will continue its mission of empowering the younger generation to face their adversities through its range of music-focused programs and events.
An organization that is important to Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager at Masque Sound, ROAD RECOVERY was founded in 1998 by music industry veterans Gene Bowen, a tour manager and recovering addict, and Jack Bookbinder, an artist manager who struggles with Type II diabetes, to help young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources.
“Currently in its 16th year, ROAD RECOVERY, a non-profit organization rooted in the music industry, needs our support more than ever in order to reach the ever-growing numbers of young people and their families who are seeking help,” says Hansen. “We understand how important it is to be able to give back to the community and couldn’t be more proud to give our time and capital to an organization from our industry that needs the support in order to make a difference. We strongly encourage and hope that others in our industry get involved and offer their support to this great organization.”
With assistance from leading professionals in the mental health field, ROAD RECOVERY provides hands-on mentorship training, educational/performance workshops, peer-support networking, and “all access” to real-life opportunities by collaborating with young people to create and present live-concert events and recording projects.
In addition to the support ROAD RECOVERY has received from leading companies in the audio and music industries, such as the late Phil Ramone and Steve Lillywhite, Road Recovery has garnered support from several celebrities who have rolled up their sleeves and plugged in, giving so much of themselves to the charity’s kids including Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, John Varvatos, Denis Leary, among others.
“Organizations such as ROAD RECOVERY play a vital role in the support of our youth today, as they face so many adversities and struggles,” adds Hansen. “We are inspired by the amazing work that Gene, Jack and the rest of the wonderful people at ROAD RECOVERY have done since 1998 and are thrilled to support the organization’s efforts, so that they can continue their exceptional community outreach in the years ahead.”
“We are extremely thankful to Stephanie Hansen and the team at Masque Sound for their generous donation,” says Gene Bowen. “Masque Sound’s commitment and support, along with that of the many artists and music industry companies we work with, is what allows ROAD RECOVERY to continue its mission. I further express our thanks for Masque’s willingness to spread the word, and opportunities concerning Road Recovery, to companies in the music industry and professionals who might be looking to get involved.”
To learn more about the organization and how to get involved, visit www.roadrecovery.org.
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.
New York, NY – August 2014… Apple’s iconic Soho store is also one of its busiest, hosting a wide range of events and presentations ranging from filmmakers and authors to performers and luminaries. Recently, as part of Apple’s twice-yearly “Noting the New Musical Classroom” series, the store played host to Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, who held forth on the Foundation’s innovative educational curriculum, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool.
Presented by SKJ Consulting and the Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, the event was presided over by arts and education consultant Sandra Jordan. During the interactive Q&A session, Moog-Koussa spoke extensively of Bob Moog’s lifelong passion for innovation, his dedication to bringing together the worlds of music and science, and how the Foundation is carrying on this legacy through programs like Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool.
The conversation focused on the pressing need for experiential science education for American students. Moog-Koussa detailed the implementation Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, its phenomenal growth since launching three years ago, and the Foundation’s plans to expand the program nationwide. Audience members, including music and science educators, musicians, and technologists, expressed enthusiasm for New York City as a focus for that expansion.
Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool is a ten-week curriculum that teaches elementary school students the science of sound through the magic of music using acoustic and electronic musical instruments, as well as oscilloscopes and custom materials. Through the curriculum, students learn about vibrations, waveforms, sound travel, pitch, loudness and the physical difference between music and noise. The program has been lauded for its multi-sensory approach to learning that enables students to see, hear, and touch sound.
As Moog-Koussa pointed out, the Bob Moog Foundation’s work fills a need recently addressed by President Obama for a new educational focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. At the 2013 White House Science Fair, the President stated, “We need to make it a priority to train an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects to receive the respect they deserve.”
“It was gratifying to see the interest and excitement among the New York City audience for Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool,” remarked Moog-Koussa. “The innovative delivery of our STEM-based curriculum has been well received among educators and others interested in encouraging elementary students’ engagement with science, the arts, and creative thinking.”
The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that carries Moog’s pioneering legacy forward to future generations. Their mission is to ignite creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation. Find out more at www.bobmoogfoundation.org.
The most feature-rich, powerful broadcast consoles SSL has ever produced
AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of tools for creative audio professionals, will showcase its new C100 HD PLUS and C10 HD PLUS digital broadcast consoles for the European market at IBC 2014 (Hall 8, Stand D83). SSL’s digital broadcast console range has an enviable reputation for sonic excellence, refined user control interfaces, innovative software features and streamlined integration within a complex networked and automated broadcast infrastructure. The new ‘PLUS’ versions of the acclaimed C100 and C10 consoles bring together innovative features and the added value consolidation of SSL Production Assistant software to offer users the most powerful and flexible systems SSL has ever produced.
The new C100 HD PLUS Large Format Broadcast Console is designed to offer a complete production solution for news and sports in a single, standard, high-power configuration. Whether the application is an automation controlled web channel, through to the largest of sports productions, the new standard processing configuration at the heart of the C100 HD PLUS console delivers more processing than ever before in an SSL broadcast console. SSL’s third generation digital broadcast console is the most technically refined system available anywhere in the world. Redundant Blackrock Processor cards in a compact 2U rack process 588 audio mix paths with 256 channels of 6 Band EQ and 284 channels of Dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O.
The centre section penthouse of the C100 HD PLUS features a 10-inch screen, which can be used to display any HDMI video source and enables the user to select from a wide range of metering options. The console can be specified with SSL’s own LMS-16 Loudness Monitoring system to provide comprehensive, highly configurable 16 x 5.1-channel Loudness and True Peak monitoring. The control surface has also been redesigned to facilitate clearer channel identification in a wider range of lighting conditions.
The new C10 HD PLUS is ‘out of the box’ the world’s most powerful Compact Digital Broadcast Console. With frame sizes from 16 to 48 faders, the self-contained fanless console can be built into vans for ENG operations, specified for network-scale sports productions or positioned for all-round production demands in mid-scale broadcast facilities. The simple, button-driven surface is easy for new operators, while the innovative feature set provides all of the options that a broadcaster needs for the most sophisticated production. New ‘PLUS’ features provide the established and proven C10 platform with an enhanced level of performance, making it a great investment for facilities with plans to grow. Integrated into the C10 HD PLUS, the Blackrock Processor card offers 216 audio paths with 160 channels of 6 Band EQ and 188 channels of Dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O. The new C10 HD PLUS also features a redesigned fader panel colour scheme.
The standard configuration of both consoles offers the complete portfolio of SSL’s powerful Production Assistant applications, which help streamline broadcast production by automating and integrating key production tasks. ‘Dialogue Automix,’ ‘5.1 Upmix,’ ‘Production Automation Interfacing,’ ‘DAW Control’ and ‘C-Play,’ SSL’s unique integrated audio spot playout system, are all standard features at the heart of the most powerful production platform.
System options include a scalable 48 port MADI router for multiple console installations and large-scale I/O support with external control from VSM and other third-party controllers, TCP/IP-based Networked audio via the SSL MADI Bridge and LMS-16 multi-stream Loudness Metering.
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.
Fairlight’s international reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology will be reinforced at IBC 2014 (7.H17) when the company shows a range of innovative products.
Leading the parade is Fairlight’s Live console family, which includes the Award-winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system – a dual function console that allows engineers to switch between live and post modes at the touch of a button. Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s versatile Live family covers a wide range of consoles, processing and I/O solutions, giving users highly scalable audio processing capabilities. In addition, Fairlight is showing its expanded range of live production tools, which includes the highly acclaimed iCan customisation software.
At IBC 2014, Fairlight will also be reinforcing the industry’s drive towards the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by launching a new platform for Object Oriented 3D Sound Production.
This new platform supports traditional standard and custom bussing in simultaneous 2D and 3D, along with NHK’s 22.2, Dolby Atmos (via RMU) and DTS MDA. It also supports third party client applications such as Avid Pro Tools 10.x and Nuendo 6.0.
IBC 2014 will give new and existing Fairlight users their first opportunity to see the company’s fifth major software release, based on the brand new second generation CC-2 FPGA audio engine. The CC-2 audio engine with V5 software is perfectly suited to the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry. By providing over 1,000 playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses, the system is the most powerful audio engine ever made.
Fairlight will complete its IBC 2014 unveiling by showing how to deliver complex multi-sourced workflows by combining its open platform Media GateWay with its unique iCan workflow automation tools. These Gateways offer a glimpse into the future of broadcast post production by embracing collaborative editing environments such as Quantel’s Qtube, with internet based video source reference, original source audio and faster-than-realtime layback.
To learn more about Fairlight, please visit IBC 2014 Booth 7.H17, or www.fairlight.com.au for English information and www.fairlighteu.com for German information.
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.
Thanks to DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, vocal deliveries for the live broadcast of Australia's The Voice were significantly improved, ensuring an even more enjoyable experience for TV viewers.
As with many TV singing/talent shows, the culmination of The Voice Australia relied on wireless microphone technology to ensure that the contestants could move freely about the stage. DPA's award winning d:facto Vocal Microphone fitted the bill perfectly thanks to its state of the art adapter system that allows the high quality condenser capsule to be seamlessly integrated with many professional wireless systems or used in conjunction with DPA's wired handle.
The decision to try DPA's d:facto Vocal Microphone on the show was taken by Australian rental company, JPJ Audio.
John Simpson, Senior Audio Director of The Voice, says: "JPJ’s Brad Adamson told me he had DPA's d:facto's and we were keen to try them on a couple of TV shows we were working on. DPA has a great reputation for high quality mics and this interested me because I hadn't been happy with any capsules on the RF systems we were using."
Simpson knew that, being DPA, their pedigree would shine through the moment he brought up the faders.
"I realised we wouldn't be needing that old EQ curve anymore," he says. "The sound was natural, present and uncoloured, like having a top notch studio condenser available as RF. We don't have to process anywhere near as much as we used to and everything sounds better; vocalists and presenters, male or female. The d:facto's make it much easier to sit voices in a mix."
Simpson adds that the Vocal Coach for the programme was also a fan. "He thinks they are a significant step up from anything he has heard and is very impressed, as are the operators at Monitors, FOH and Broadcast."
"Just keep making them," implores Simpson. "The capsules are the best thing we've heard for RF mics in a long time and have been an asset for us."
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com
The Music Producers Guild has announced that the nominations process for its 2015 Awards ceremony will officially open on September 1st 2014.
This prestigious event recognises the achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers and has rapidly established itself as a must attend event on the music industry calendar. Following a highly successful move to its new venue, the 2015 Awards will once again take place at the Park Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London. The date has been set for Thursday February 12th, 2015.
“The enormous success of this year’s event has certainly set the bar high,” says MPG Chairman Steve Levine. “An exclusive performance by Trevor Horn’s band The Producers, which included a guest appearance from Seal, was really well received and we have every intention of repeating that success in 2015 with yet another exclusive performance from a ‘surprise’ band.
“But star performances aside, what really make the MPG Awards special are the people we celebrate. These are recording professionals who make a massive contribution to the success of the UK music industry but don’t always get their names in lights. On February 12th 2015 they will be firmly in the spotlight and we hope the industry will once again get behind these Awards and give our winners the recognition they deserve.”
Now in its seventh year, the MPG Awards count the likes of Alan Moulder & Flood, Paul Epworth, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn and Sir George Martin CBE amongst previous winners. There are 15 different award categories including UK Producer of the Year, the winner of which automatically wins a BRIT Award for Best Producer. Other categories include International Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Producer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.
The online nominations process runs until September 30th 2014 and is very straightforward. Anyone can nominate record professionals in 12 of the Award categories, while the remaining three are in the gift of the MPG. Nominations can be made via www.mpgawards.com with producers and engineers being actively encouraged to nominate themselves.
The MPG 2015 Awards categories open for public nomination are:
UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The MPG 2015 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:
The MPG Innovation Award
The MPG Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music
Tickets for the MPG Awards 2015 are now available to order through the website, including a limited number of ‘early bird’ discounted tickets. For full details of prices and offers please visit www.mpgawards.com/tickets.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the MPG Awards 2015 and any company that would like to be part of this exciting event should contact Joe Edwards at FM First Monday. Telephone: +44 (0) 7701 030 513 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk
First videos in series now available on YouTube
Los Angeles, CA – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, video, broadcast equipment, recording, and live sound equipment, technical services and musical instruments, recently hosted a Mixing Master Class with legendary audio engineer Andrew Scheps. The seminar, which took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, was filmed and edited into a video series, with the first of 13 now available for viewing on Westlake Pro’s YouTube channel.
Known for his distinctive mixing style and ability to bring the emotion out of songs, Scheps has engineered and mixed for some of the biggest rock bands in music: Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Green Day and U2. He’s also worked with icons such as Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Iggy Pop, as well as many independent artists.
Having successfully mixed with computers and software, or “in the box”, and on large format analog consoles, Scheps brings a unique perspective to mixing workflow, which he demonstrates by deconstructing some of his current work using Avid Pro Tools and S6 Control Surface.
The Mixing Master Class video series is divided into 13 videos of five to eight minutes in length and cover a wide variety of mixing topics as well as a Q&A session with the audience of around 150 people, most of which are working audio professionals. New videos in the series will be posted on Westlake Pro’s YouTube channel over the next several weeks. Please visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WestlakePro1.
About Westlake Pro
Based I Los Angeles, Westlake Pro specializes in business-to-business and retail sales of professional audio and video equipment, broadcast equipment, video editing software, recording software, computers, musical instruments and live sound application products. The company also provides technical services from complete studio design to live sound system design. Westlake Pro serves the Post Production, Broadcast, Music Production, Educational, House of Worship and Government markets.
For more information, visit www.westlakepro.com.
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