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New Mission-Critical Technology Protects Video and Audio Recordings from Unintentional Drive Removal and Power Loss
AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – Sound Devices (IBC Show: Hall 8, Stand B59) introduces its unique FileSafe™ technology as part of its 2.02 firmware release for its multi-drive, network connected video and audio rack-mounted recorders. Incorporated into the Video Devices PIX products, including the 270i, 260i and 250i, as well as the Sound Devices 970, FileSafe recovers video and audio files if, during recording, drives are unintentionally removed or power is lost.
“Pulling a drive mid-recording with a Windows, MAC or other hardware-based recording system will most likely result in corrupted files,” says Dan Desjardins, Software Development Manager at Sound Devices. “It’s taken some clever engineering to make FileSafe work, especially with high bandwidth ProRes and DNxHD video files.”
During recording, data is written to a proprietary Sound Devices file format optimized for high-data rate, real-time video and audio recording. Video Files have an ‘.sdv’ file extension and audio files have an ‘.sda’ file extension. When a recording ends, files are automatically “finalized” by converting the ‘.sdv’ files to QuickTime movie files and the ‘.sda’ files become ‘.wav’ files. This process typically only takes a couple of seconds. In the event that files cannot be finalized, whether due to power loss or inadvertent drive disconnection, they still remain intact on the drive. These files are recovered simply by inserting the drive back into a Sound Devices or Video Devices rack-mounted recorder. Each time a drive is mounted, the recorder automatically scans for unfinalized files and finalizes them.
In the absence of a Sound Devices or Video Devices rack-mount recorder, the FileSafe MAC or PC utility, which is available as a free download http://www.sounddevices.com/products/filesafe/, can be used to recover unfinalized files. Simply connect the PIX drive caddy via Firewire, USB or eSATA to the computer, open the utility and point it to the drive’s directory path containing the unfinalized files and click ‘Scan and Finalize.’
“Providing our customers with mission-critical product performance and reliability has always been a top consideration as we continue to develop the Sound Devices and Video Devices product lines,” says Paul Isaacs, VP of Marketing and Product Design. “FileSafe is yet another example of our commitment to this design philosophy.”
In addition to FileSafe, the new 2.02 firmware release includes longer file-splitting options, RS-422 control improvements and enhanced metadata editing.
Video Devices’ PIX line of rack-mounted products, PIX 270i, 260i and 250i, 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. Video Devices 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 rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities.
A powerful tool for professionals requiring a significant number of audio channels, Sound Devices’ first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, the 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.
The Video Devices PIX recorders 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.
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.
BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo and Nuendo Master Class will be held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and hosted by Full Compass on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9770 Silicon Prairie Parkway, Madison, WI. The event is free of charge. Product tours will begin promptly at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.
David Lees and Marcel Mauceri from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system
along with Full Compass Systems staff and discuss the latest news, tips and tricks of Nuendo recording software.
For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Mixing Master Class with Producer Tony Shepperd
WHEN: Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm
WHERE: WestLake Pro, 4101 Lankershim Blvd, Universal City (L.A.) 91602
COST: FREE (space is limited – sign up today)
SSL leads the way with forward-thinking audio routing for broadcast production
AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of tools for creative audio professionals, is demonstrating how IP Audio Networking can deliver significant feature benefits and cost optimisation in audio routing systems for broadcast production at IBC 2014 (Hall 8, D83). The insightful demonstration serves as a showcase for SSL’s growing ‘Network I/O’ broadcast audio interface range and shows how the new product line and SSL digital broadcast consoles can be elegantly interfaced with devices from more than 100 different manufacturers using a Dante IP Audio Network. The new SSL Network I/O range consists of ‘MADI-Bridge,’ providing 64 bidirectional channels of fully redundant MADI-to-network bridging with front panel confidence headphone monitoring; ‘SDI,’ bridging eight 3G-SDI embedders and eight de-embedders to the network, or MADI with internal per channel routing; and ‘Stagebox,’ which provides eight channels of mic/line I/O (using SSL’s renowned SuperAnalogue™ mic pres) with redundant network connectivity. The demonstration includes four SSL consoles (2 x C10, C100 and Live) networked with third-party devices from Shure and Sound Devices and also features SSL’s ‘LMS-16’ Loudness Monitoring system connected directly to the network. With Dante committed to conform with AVB standards and AES67, the SSL Network I/O range is ready for future networked audio developments.
The case for IP Audio Networking and Dante for broadcast:
Audinate’s Dante technology is very well established in professional audio for live production and installation sectors, with many significant broadcast manufacturers recently adopting the technology. In total, more than 150 manufactures have licensed Dante, giving system designers over 350 products to use together. The demonstration at IBC sets out a very strong case for why Dante is the right choice for forward-thinking audio routing for broadcast production applications.
Dante uses IP networking. The backbone of IT infrastructures worldwide, IP networking is a lower cost technology that benefits from developments and cost competition in much larger industries than broadcasting. Cat 5, Cat 6, fibre cabling and off-the-shelf network switch hardware come at a fraction of the cost of comparable TDM-based solutions and are guaranteed to be supported by international standards and major manufacturers. IP networks are scalable and can grow easily as budgets and needs require. In addition to transporting audio, they can also support other data traffic pertinent to the workflow. The function of routing, so expensive and complex to implement in TDM systems, can be accomplished using standard network switch hardware and conventionally managed router software. Ethernet/IP connectivity simplifies the interfacing to a range of other systems such as Intercoms and Station Automation. Network switches with industry-standard redundancy protocols are readily available and enable IP-based networks to meet the highest levels of redundancy demanded by Broadcasters.
SSL chose to utilise Audinate’s Dante Technology because it meets their technical requirements and has the critical mass that other solutions can’t match. Developed using existing standards, including IEEE and IETF, Dante is deployable on any standard IP infrastructure and can share networks with other types of traffic. A key factor in SSL’s decision was Audinate’s commitment to converge with the AVB standards and to conform with AES67. These clear migration paths mean investment today is future-proof and a single device will be able to function in any of these environments. Audinate’s clearly defined device discovery mechanism also means any device is plug-and-play, and network standards allow you to tailor your infrastructure to define if you want this to be the case.
Key IP Audio Network benefits:
• High Channel Counts: 512ch @ 48kHz (256 @ 96kHz) on a single 1GB connection.
• Guaranteed Interoperability: plug-and-play discoverability of 350 devices from 100 different manufacturers – and growing.
• Remote Device Control: parameters configured anywhere on the network.
• Reduced Cost: standard low-cost IT hardware, standard and/or existing Cat 5 or Cat 6 cabling with audio and control on the same network down a single cable.
• Simplified Interconnectivity: Ethernet/IP connectivity simplifies interfacing with a wide range of devices, including Intercoms and Station Automation.
• Flexible Scalability: systems can grow as your needs evolve. Want a bigger network? Add another switch!
• Full Network Redundancy: technology tried-and-tested across many industries and fully compatible with all network redundancy models.
• Distributed Routing Control: routing control from unlimited devices or terminals.
• Absolute Resilience: catastrophic failure of a single device will have no effect on any other devices in the network.
• Standards compliant: IEEE and IETF compliant, thus deployable on and can mix with traffic on any standard IP infrastructure. Committed to converge with AVB standards and conform with AES67.
About SSL’s ‘Network I/O’ Range:
Network I/O: MADI-Bridge:
MADI-Bridge provides an interface between a Dante IP Audio Network and MADI. With 64 channels per Bridge at 48kHz, or 32 channels at 96kHz, redundant MADI, IP Network ports and PSU, the Bridge is built for uninterrupted fully-redundant operation. In addition to the built-in clock redundancy in Dante controller, the MADI-Bridge includes a pair of sync inputs for use as a self-redundant Dante Grand Master PTP clock. MADI-Bridge also features a front panel headphone socket, with rotary level control, and built-in headphone monitor routing to truly replace traditional patch bay routing and fault-finding functionality with equivalents in the IP Audio domain. GPIO connections allow for transfer of tally info and switching functions across the network with the Audio. MADI-Bridge is being shown for the first time at IBC 2014 featuring 96kHz to 48kHz Sample Rate Conversion functionality and an innovative new ‘Split Mode’ feature. This allows the pair of MADI connectors to be used independently (rather than in their usual redundant mode) for bi-directional split/combine operation. This means that, for example, two 32 channel 96kHz MADI feeds can be combined to from one 64 channel 48kHz Dante stream.
Network I/O: Stagebox:
A Mic/Line Network I/O device for use on any Broadcast Studio floor, Stagebox brings SSL’s renowned SuperAnalogue™ preamp design to the interoperable IP Audio Network market. With eight Mic/Line inputs, eight Line outputs and a pair of redundant network connections, Stagebox allows easy deployment of mic pres and speaker feeds where needed in a studio. The Network I/O’s plug-and-play feature allows devices to easily be moved, even between studios, and retain routing and settings, if required. Clear signal present, phantom power and local attention LEDs provide intuitive front panel feedback.
Network I/O: ‘SDI’:
‘SDI’ provides bidirectional bridging between Embedded SDI Audio and a Dante IP Audio Network. Eight 3G-SDI Embedders and eight SDI De-Embedders provide up to 256 channels of SDI connectivity and the unit has dual Dante and triple MADI connectivity (2 x optical, 1 x coax I/O). In addition to SDI-Dante bridging, SDI allows direct bridging between SDI and MADI infrastructure. Internal channel-by-channel routing enables flexible routing between all three domains. As you would expect, redundant PSUs provide reassurance in a 24-hour Broadcast environment.
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.
Ultra-Compact Meter Enables Extensive Loudness and Audio Metering Capabilities for a Variety of Applications and Budgets
AMSTERDAM, 8 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW (IBC Hall 8, Stand D.92), the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is pleased to announce that the TM3-Primus, its new smart series product, is now shipping worldwide. This highly compact model from the award-winning TouchMonitor line provides a full set of easy-to-read instruments for level and loudness metering in commercial and non-commercial production and broadcasting environments. Executives will be available during the 2014 IBC Show to demo the TM3-Primus and discuss its capabilities.
Introduced to the market earlier this year at NAB, the RTW TM3-Primus is a multifunctional audio measurement desktop unit featuring unbalanced RCA type two-channel analog, digital (SPDIF) and USB interfaces. In addition, it features an advanced USB hybrid mode where a metering point in a digital audio workstation (DAW) (implemented using a specific RTW plug-in) can be visualized right on the new TouchMonitor’s screen. Also, a USB port allows for implementing an innovative USB/plug-in hybrid mode that enables metering to be performed on the DAW so that a user can process and visualize the information instantly.
As a compact and low-cost member of the TouchMonitor family, the TM3-Primus is equally suited for professional use in minor or secondary workflows for broadcasting, video editing, music and other recording environments. It offers a new quality solution for non-commercial use in small radio environments or podcasting. Like other models from the award-winning TouchMonitor series, the TM3-Primus comes with a highly intuitive and user-friendly 4.3-inch touchscreen interface that simplifies system handling even for operators without a strong background in audio.
Supported loudness standards include: ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, ARIB, OP-59, AGICOM and CALM. The TM3-Primus includes level and loudness display with bargraph type or numerical readout plus MagicLRA type. Other instruments included with the meter are PPM, moving coil, correlator, RTA, vectorscope, numerical and chart.
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.
Croydon-based BW Broadcast has increased its stock of Prism Sound audio test equipment by investing in two more dScope Series III Digital Audio Analysers, bringing the total number of units it owns to nine.
Founded in 1997 by Scott Incz and Roger Howe, BW Broadcast designs and manufactures cutting edge but affordable broadcast equipment for FM, AM, HD Radio and Internet broadcasting. Known for its innovations in low-power FM transmission, RDS encoders and processors, BW Broadcast has undergone rapid growth in recent years thanks to the development of a successful range of DSP products including its V2 FM transmitters and the DSPX range of audio processors.
“To support our growth, we have recently taken on new staff in all departments,” Scott Incz says. “We have also increased production to meet demand and this has resulted in an expansion of our product test facilities so that we can maintain high standards of quality control.”
Incz says that Prism Sound’s dScope Series III has played a pivotal role at BW Broadcast since the company acquired its first analyser 10 years ago.
“When we first decided to buy an audio analyser we looked at products from a couple of different companies and eventually chose Prism Sound’s unit because it offered more functionality,” he says. “Obviously, price was a consideration but I don’t like the way that some companies sell you a basic product and then charge you more for plug-ins or additional features. In Prism Sound’s case, the dScope Series III was a single box that did everything I needed it to do – and, of course, it was British-made, which was also a bonus.”
Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser is a powerful audio test solution that leads the way in advanced generation and analysis tools. Used in both R&D labs and production lines around the world, dScope Series III includes precision analogue and highly-optimised digital outputs and inputs. Precise and automatic gain-ranging allows high resolution measurements over a massive range, from a few micro-volts to more than 150 volts RMS, and from less than 1 Hz to over 90kHz. Its interface processor uses dedicated DSP to provide a wide range of real time measurements, while its software uses the host PC for almost unlimited number crunching and analysis options such as Fast Fourier Transforms, unique ‘FFT Detectors’, swept sine and multi-tone testing. Designed to be highly programmable, the dScope Series III can be automated from a wide range of third-party software using Active X controls, or internally using VBScript.
BW Broadcast is using its latest Prism Sound dScope units in two new, state of the art Automated Test Equipment (ATE) systems, which are quality checking its range of transmitters, receivers and digital audio processors.
“Our new ATE systems incorporate various manufacturers’ products including Prism Sound’s dScope,” Scott Incz says. “The system is incredibly fast and each system can test up to 40 products a day. It is also very easy for our staff to use – they just load up the unit being tested, select the model on the computer programme, enter the serial number and press go. 15 minutes later they have 200 test results, all of which are stored to a central database. This means that if a customer has a problem with one of our units – even if it is years later – we can access all the original data to help resolve the issue.
“Prior to installing our new ATE systems, we spent hours checking every piece of equipment and inevitably mistakes would occur. The two identical ATE systems have made a huge difference to our productivity and we are now looking to add a third one.”
Scott Incz added that dScope Series III is a central piece of the jigsaw. “We couldn’t operate our ATE without it,” he says. “We use dScope to test every aspect of our products’ audio performance, including measuring the performance of our DSP code. dScope allows us to carry out numerous audio-related tests and always gives accurate results. We particularly like the FFT multitone testing feature because it allows us to take multiple measurements at the same time, which really speeds up the testing process.”
Although Prism Sound can offer computer scripts for production line testing, BW Broadcast decided to commission its own script for its ATE.
“We went the custom script route because we wanted our ATE to work with lots of different test products,” he says. “It took over a year to develop our custom script and we soon discovered that the parameters were moving as the development went along. This is inevitable with computer scripting – the system you end up with is not necessarily the one you thought you would get. Since our ATE went live just over a year ago we’ve done a number of re-writes and tweaks, which have improved it even further.”
BW Broadcast sells its products to radio broadcasters all over the world, as well as to movie theatres and sports stadiums. The company’s Award-winning technology has recently been used in both the Soccer and Rugby world cups and the Olympics.
The company also works with major car manufacturers, supplying high performance testing for their in-car entertainment development and production lines. Its engineering department also routinely works on custom and ‘special’ transmission projects for non-profits, charities, governmental and military organisations.
For more information about BW Broadcast, please visit www.bwbroadcast.com
About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
For more information: www.prismsound.com
Orange County, CA – September 2014… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jim Bailey to a newly created product marketing position.
Bailey comes to Renkus-Heinz after serving as General Manager of Aphex, a manufacturer of professional audio processing hardware. His lengthy career in pro audio has also included product management positions at Avid and TASCAM, playing a major role in the development of numerous award-winning products at both companies. His many years as a successful recording engineer and studio owner served as his launching point into manufacturing, applying that experience in the development of new audio products.
In his new position, Bailey will fill a number of vital roles within the company, including the creation of technical documentation, educational videos, and software development. He will interface directly with both marketing and engineering.
“Jim’s broad background across a wide range of technical and marketing disciplines is exactly what is needed at Renkus-Heinz,” observes VP of Sales and Marketing Rik Kirby. “His ability to fulfill multiple roles is invaluable, and we are confident he will quickly become an indispensible member of the Renkus-Heinz team.”
“Renkus-Heinz is one of the companies that started it all — they’re part of the history of professional audio,” adds Bailey. “More importantly, they are innovators whose products have had a major impact on loudspeaker design. I’m proud to be a part of such a great group of people, and looking forward to contributing to the next generation of Renkus-Heinz technology.”
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.
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/
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Mix Briefing Room, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the Briefing Room for the latest press postings.