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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hurricane Sandy couldn’t have struck this regionally known restaurant/bar/catering facility on the Barnegat Bay at a more inopportune time. The Ziegler family had just purchased the Water’s Edge in Berkeley Twp, New Jersey weeks before when Sandy made its mark on the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, the structure took a huge hit and the new owners had to rebuild from the ground up.
Calling on the services of Boulevard Pro of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler, requested a completely designed audio/video system solution. “We believe in the Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solutions) Series complete system solution approach, and that is how I presented the new system recommendation to our client,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “Our experience and reputation combined with the Yamaha support network secured our involvement on this project.” Boulevard also recommended and installed POS, CCTV and DTV systems.
The Water’s Edge venue consists of three large indoor catering spaces including the restaurant, and is used for wedding and large events. An 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor space houses the Tiki Bar and Edge Live, which when weather permits, features live music. Patrons arrive all summer long by land and by sea.
“Our major challenge in designing and installing the new system was time itself! says Ziegler. We had to have a functional Tiki Bar for the summer or we risked losing our loyal customers. Our other major challenge was complying with the sound ordinance and containing the sound within the four wind-break glass walls that surrounded the Tiki Bar that literally sit on top of the water. With the help of Boulevard Pro, we were able to design several zones throughout the Tiki Bar to manage the sound levels out of respect for our neighbors. James Cioffi was one of my most patient vendors, able to do all of this with NO structure in place, plotting zones on our ever changing architectural drawings, and continually modifying the design until we had a final set of drawings.”
The indoor space is outfitted with a Yamaha CIS MTX3 audio processor, two DCP1VS keypads, and 48 Yamaha VXC4W ceiling speakers. The system controls eight audio zones and is using all 12 of the MTX3 inputs. “THE MTX3 is super powerful and sounds great,” says Cioffi. The Yamaha keypads are located in the head end interior location of the space and in the outdoor bar/lounge area, controlled completely via iPad/iPhone. The waterfront bar/lounge system consists of a Yamaha LS9-16 digital audio console, Yamaha TX4n amplifier, Yamaha DXR 12×2 monitors, and IF2112M95 speakers. The Yamaha StageMix App on the LS9 runs live entertainment via an iPad. “The entire venue is beautiful and really impressive, and the Yamaha system is working great,” Cioffi exclaims.
“We are proud to say that we are the premier spot on the Barnegat Bay hosting the best entertainment both inside and out, notes Ziegler. Bands and DJ’s couldn’t be happier coming to play at our venue because they no longer have to haul all of their heavy equipment in to play. It’s a win-win situation. When my general manager isn’t around, I like to take this Ferrari of a sound system for a true test drive!”
For more information on The Water’s Edge, visit www.watersedgeonthebay.com.
For more information on Boulevard Pro, visit www.blvdpro.com.
For more information on the Yamaha CIS Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.
PHOTO ID #1: Water’s Edge Lounge
#2: L to R Boulevard’s James Cioffi and Water’s Edge co-owner Dave Ziegler
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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technica
Custom Audio Equipment Package Heats Up the Stage with Passionate Adaptation of Hugely Popular Novel
NEW YORK, MARCH 6, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, provided a custom audio equipment package for the new romantic musical, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The show officially opened on Thursday, February 20.
Based on James Waller’s best-selling novel, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson. Developed by a Pulitzer®- and Tony® Award-winning creative team, this new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the eternal question, “What if…?” Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher and book by Marsha Norman, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY features a score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and stars four-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale.
Sound Designer Jon Weston and Masque Sound began their collaboration on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY when the musical made its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer. “I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound and it’s great to be working with them once again,” says Weston. “They are an excellent sound shop to collaborate with and I can always count on them to provide me with the equipment that I like to use, which in some cases is not that easy to find since I like the characteristics of older gear. I specifically chose an older-era console, speakers and amplifiers for this production.”
Weston’s goal in designing the sound for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was to be as sonically transparent as possible. “In order to provide that organic, analog feel for the show, we walked the line of acoustic reinforcement very carefully and discretely, including an all-acoustic orchestra pit,” he adds. “I really wanted the sound to be as real as possible.”
At the heart of the custom audio equipment package Masque Sound provided was the Cadac J-Type analog console, which Weston considers the finest-sounding audio mixing console. Masque Sound’s custom equipment package also included Tannoy 3836 Dual Concentric 15-inch speakers, EAW JF200 and JF60 ultra-compact two-way range speakers, d&b audiotechnik E8 and E12X-Sub loudspeakers, Meyer Sound subwoofers and speaker processors, Yamaha H series power amplifiers alongside d&b audiotechnik power amplifiers, Sennheiser and Shure wireless microphones, XTA Electronics DP428/448 Speaker Management System and a Clear-Com intercom system. In addition, Masque Sound provided frequency coordination for the 24-channels of wireless in-use throughout the show.
“My biggest challenge on this project was finding the equipment I wanted because it’s not stuff that rents all the time and Masque Sound did an incredible job in accommodating my needs,” says Weston. “This was a true collaboration and my team, made up of Head Sound Engineer Jason Strangfeld; Assistant Sound Engineer Sean Luckey; Production Engineer Charlie Grieco; Sound Engineer Michael Eisenberg and Assistant Sound Designer Josh Millican, along with the designers of the other departments, were all on the same page on how we wanted the show to look and feel, and I think we were very successful.”
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.
“I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system”
OXFORD, ENGLAND – When the company’s owner mandates the use of its latest technology for its first major tour, you can be sure everyone involved, knowing his perfectionist approach, gives it their full attention and then some. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front tour made full use of the new SSL Live consoles supplied by Britannia Row Productions for the first part of the tour in Sept/Oct 2013, and will continue to demand perfection from the console when the tour resumes in April 2014. Happily, the hard work paid off and artists, engineers and SSL’s design team were all thrilled with the results – as were audiences across Europe.
Three Live consoles were employed to handle the Back to Front performances. One at front-of-house, one was for the band’s monitors and one was used for Peter Gabriel’s monitoring system. All the consoles performed flawlessly.
“The first thing to say about Live is that it sounds really good and makes mixing live audio very easy,” says Ben Findlay, FOH engineer. “You get lots of separation and clarity. The EQ is musical, never harsh, and the dynamics are transparent even when compressing a signal hard, as you would expect from an SSL console. The mixes come together quickly when starting from scratch. Because the audio is very clearly defined, you have more options regarding relative levels, so elements of a mix that may normally be masked with another console are still clearly audible. This leads to accomplishing the often illusive third dimension to a mix that live engineers strive for — and that is a real sense of depth. The console is also extremely reliable with not so much as a flicker during the whole tour. I am now at the stage where I am sure I would miss Live if I had to revert to my previous system. Live is a great console.”
The Live console was designed to appeal to engineers with a range of operational approaches and can be used very flexibly. The Back to Front shows provided clear evidence as the three highly experienced mixers took advantage of the adaptable bus architecture, processing tools and user interface options to support their personal approach to the differing tasks they were managing.
“Ben and I recorded a multi-track version of the Back to Front show during the U.S. tour in 2012, so we had a ready reference to run through the Live console when it became available before official show rehearsals,” says Richard Chappell, Peter Gabriel’s live show coordinator and personal monitoring and studio engineer. “When we first worked with Live, we realized how very exciting and pioneering this console was. This console sounds great. The first part of the learning curve was the impressive touch screen that allowed each of us to configure the setup the way we wanted to work. The needs of monitoring are, after all, different from FOH. For me, Live is the engineering equivalent of what a musical instrument is to a performer. I can now do what I do better with Live. Secondly, I’ve heard horror stories in the past about other new consoles going out and crashing or not working. With Live, we never lost a show, it always worked.”
“Live is a hybrid console that has a touch screen but it’s also button operated; a real crossover between two ways of working,” says monitor engineer Dee Miller. “For an engineer, it’s a very powerful tool and capable of doing a lot of things. What I’ve had to do is learn how to use the desk to mix the show my way, so Live is a tool for any particular job as opposed to bending a job around a different manufacturer’s tool. It’s got some great features on it and it’s very powerful. Live sounds great, the clarity is extremely good and I would just say that you can hear everything really, really well. From an engineering point of view, I made many performers happy with their monitor mixes using Live.”
Photography: York Tillyer
© 2013 Peter Gabriel Ltd.
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CUMMING, GEORGIA: For a long time, First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia didn’t have a purpose-built sound reinforcement system for its stunning 2,200-seat sanctuary. The contemporary band that rocked the morning service, as well as the orchestra and two-hundred-plus voice choir that supported the traditional service, played through the repurposed remnants of a sound reinforcement system that had once serviced their converted warehouse where the church first started. Years of band-aids and add-ons averted disaster, but the room was so unevenly covered that a foot in either direction was often significantly different, with obvious phasing in the travel. Now, a pair of Danley Sound Labs’ most powerful point-source boxes, Danley Jericho J1-94s, deliver stunning stereo imaging with abundant low-end support from a beefy Danley BC-415 subwoofer flown in the center of the room. “First Redeemer now has the best sounding sanctuary in the world,” averred Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual of Hendersonville, Tennessee. “I would put it up against any other system, at any price!”
Oliver designed and installed the system, with custom rigging and fly-ware by Diekhoff Company (Nashville, Tennessee). “My philosophy is always to use as few speakers as possible,” said Oliver. “There’s less destructive interference and fewer alignment issues. Instead of using more speakers for a larger room, I prefer to use larger speakers. A lot of people think I’m nuts for designing Danley Jericho Horns into this, but the results say otherwise. The Jericho offers stunning detail and clarity. It’s very accurate – like a giant studio monitor. With two of them, the stereo imaging is vivid, and it is easy to pick out each and every instrument on stage. Even sitting in the balcony, you can hear the snares rattling and different hi-hat velocities. And even though it’s been said a billion times, it’s still true: Danley’s pattern control is unbelievable. The coverage at First Redeemer is remarkably even.”
In addition to the two Danley J1-94 loudspeakers and the BC-415 subwoofer, a pair of Danley SH-69s provide down-fill for the first few rows and a pair of Danley SH-46s provide side-fill. An existing Digidesign Venue console is still in use and feeds a pair of Danley DSLP-48 processors. Three new Danley EDA 12k and four new EDA 4.8k amplifiers power the system “We did a shoot-out with a number of high-end commercial amplifier manufacturers, and the Danleys had the most consistent measured RMS power level,” said Oliver. “Moreover, I like that they are just straightforward amplifiers – no crazy bells and whistles. The whole system embodies the same sort of simplicity – just a couple of processors, 52,000 watts, a handful of (large) loudspeakers, and one massive subwoofer!”
First Redeemer had originally considered purchasing a line array system from another super high-end loudspeaker manufacturer. “We did an entire design and brought in a system to test,” explained Jeff Baggett, First Redeemer’s audio engineer and a Nashville mastering engineer. “It sounded great, and I was skeptical that Danley would be able to touch it. Scott [Oliver] brought over a pair of the Danley Jericho Horns and powered them up. Immediately it was game over. The Danleys ate the other system for lunch. They were tremendously even and had no finger lobes at all. We even matched the EQ curve of the other system to try and make it a fair fight, but the Danleys still killed it. Now that the system is properly installed and voiced for the room, it’s even better. I love it. It’s the kind of sound that makes you want to just bring in some music and listen. The reproduction is so accurate that I could easily master an album on the system. It’s that good. And the subs are just incredible.”
“The very first song we pulled up had no EQ or processing, but already the new Danley system sounded 3,000-times better than the old system that they had been trying to perfect for sixteen years,” said Oliver. “By the time we where on song three, it sounded like a record. The mix was expansive and rich. When we went to the traditional service, Baggett was mixing sixty channels of audio, and anyone in the congregation could easily distinguish each one of those instruments. The church was also impressed by the price tag for this world-class sound system. It was about one quarter the price of the original line array that they had considered!”
ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com
Partnering with The Continental Club, Nomad Sound, Jimmy Kimmel Live
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, will be showing its entire line of microphones again this year at Gear Expo, Booth #209, March 13 – 15 during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
TELEFUNKEN also has partnered with The Continental Club in Austin, which will have their entire main stage equipped with a variety of Tfunk mics, including the M80, M81 and M82 dynamics, in addition to DD5 Dynamic Drum sets. http://www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html
TELEFUNKEN also hosts their open SXSW party at the Gallery @ The Continental Club on Thursday, March 13th from 6pm to 8pm with performances by artist Gone By Daylight & others TBA.
In addition, TELEFUNKEN has partnered with Austin-based audio specialists Nomad Sound and will provide dynamic microphones for additional outdoor stages throughout the SXSW event.
The Continental Club’s production manager and Nomad Sound’s lead engineer Jamie Wellwarth, commented: “Telefunken has changed the whole sound of the Continental Club. Their M80 and M81 dynamic mics have brought out a clarity to the vocals that we just didn’t have before. We use the M82 on kick drum giving us solid boom and attack. It’s great working with Tfunk, because we are going for the same thing — great sound in a rockin’ nightclub.”
Lastly, TELEFUNKEN microphones will be used for the SXSW tapings of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Audio Engineer Bart Chiate remarked, “The TELEFUNKEN M80_s are my go-to mics for the live performances on JKL. But with the show happening in Austin it wasn’t logistically possible for us to bring our own mics, so we reached out to Tfunk and they fixed us up with all the mics we need for our crew at the festival. It’s gonna be a blast, especially since we know we have the sound totally nailed.”
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
Calibre UK deployed in what is believed to be the greatest area of LED large screen displays ever, for the Olympic Winter Games
Calibre UK announces that their LEDView530 scalers were deployed in what is believed to be the largest area of LED screen displays in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
“We believe that our easy to use LEDView530 scalers performed pixel accurate scaling of video content together with per-input channel colour calibration for display of live, recorded and graphics and backdrop content onto a large number of LED videowall displays at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, playing a fundamental part in the spectator, participant and viewer experience,” said Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director at Calibre UK.
“The LEDView530 was selected because of its competitive combination of superb performance, ease of use, flexibility and robust design as well as a proven track-record in live events use,” added Brooksbank.
“Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers were also used at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as for HM The Queen’s Jubilee. It’s very gratifying to see them utilized again for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.”
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in digital cinema, large venue projection and LED events, surgical medical applications and broadcast/television studios. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.
Miami, FL––Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater quickly became a popular entertainment center for African-Americans in Miami. It grew to be the anchor of “Little Broadway” in Overtown, eventually featuring artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Mary Wells and others.
After closing in the 70s, the Lyric was purchased by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. Since then, the venerable theater has undergone three major restorations and upgrades, culminating in a grand opening for the fully refurbished performance complex in early February.
Miami’s Drummer Boy Sound Productions did the consulting and design for the Lyric’s new audio and video systems. Asked why he chose Martin Audio for the upgrade, owner Harold Cummings responded, “My client Tim Barber, managing director of the Black Archives, had heard a Martin Audio system at one of my events and was impressed.
“The client wanted a high quality sound system that could be used for national R&B and Gospel acts and theater production events, that would properly cover the venue, and be accepted by touring engineers,” adds Harold.
“A line array wasn’t the right answer because the Lyric is a small 400-seater with a balcony and the sound would have been all over the place. Plus we needed a stereo-imaged room because the space also doubles as a movie theater.
“The Martin Audio W3P was the only speaker that made sense since it’s a compact 3-way trapezoid system with a tight pattern and 65º horizontal dispersion, which was key to this job,” Harold explains. “There weren’t that many speakers on the market with that type of dispersion, sound quality and high output capability in one package.”
Cummings’ system design includes four W3Ps flown from the proscenium wall, (one firing at the balcony and one at the main theater floor on each side) two Martin Audio AQ5s for stereo under balcony, two AQ5s for stereo front fill, and two WS218SX subs fitted into custom openings inside the stage. There are also Martin Audio LE1200s as stage monitors.
Other system components include an Allen & Heath iLive T112 console with iDR48 rack, Ashly Protea processor, Shure mics, a Whirlwind split snake system and cables.
Asked about the reaction to the audio system’s debut at a grand opening event called “Lyric Live” (an amateur hour contest for singers, bands and comedians from all over South Florida), Harold said, “Everyone thought the system sounded amazing and the coverage was incredible. You could hear perfectly in every single seat. We had more than enough headroom and plenty of low end, something that’s very important to me. With Martin Audio, I feel confident that no matter what kind of act comes in here, we have it covered.”
For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.
About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.
Prominent Midwest-based SR provider takes delivery of its first L-ACOUSTICS system
The Thunder Audio crew with several of its new L-ACOUSTICS enclosures
LIVONIA, Michigan — Fresh back from the 25th annual Pollstar
Awards in Nashville, where they were nominated for “Sound Company of the Year,” Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal and Vice President Paul Owen proudly announce that they have now officially taken delivery of their company’s first L-ACOUSTICS system, the new K2.
Comprised of 36 K2 and six KARA variable curvature WST® line source elements, eight K1-SB and 18 SB28 subs, six ARCS II constant curvature enclosures and 10 LA-RAK touring racks — each housing three LA8 amplified controllers — the sound reinforcement provider’s recent purchase marks one of the very first K2 systems sold in the U.S.
Thunder Audio’s company principals made the decision to join the L-ACOUSTICS family after critically listening to K2 late last year at the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters in Marcoussis, France. Fully aware of the impact that L-ACOUSTICS’ larger K1 system has had on the festival and touring industries, both Villarreal and Owen are equally optimistic about K2′s potential.
Paul Owen (left) and Tony Villarreal at the 25th annual Pollstar Awards at the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville where Thunder Audio was nominated for "Sound Company of the Year"
“In the past, we’ve always purchased large-scale systems based on the requirements dictated by a specific tour or application,” notes Owen. “This is the first time, however, that we’ve taken delivery of a product purely from the standpoint of feeling in our gut that it will be a success. Given the overwhelming reputation of K1 — as well as the more than 20-year legacy of K2′s predecessor, V-DOSC — we knew that getting in on the ground floor of this new system with such a stellar pedigree was absolutely the right choice for us and our client base.”
“With its compact profile, surprisingly light weight and exceptional horsepower, K2 is perfect for so many of our customers — from corporate to touring to theatrical,” agrees Villarreal. “And, of course, the sound is absolutely phenomenal. We A/B-ed it with the other four systems in our inventory and felt that it shined above and beyond anything else. We really have a sense that this is very quickly going to become the number one requested box on the market, and we’re so confident in that fact that we’ve already put in a purchase order for an additional 48 K2 for early next year, which is about the soonest we can get more seeing how popular they are right now!”
According to the two company principals, Thunder Audio is ultimately hoping to set its sights on K1 ownership as well. “In addition to being terrific as a standalone system, K2 is also a great stepping stone for us potentially getting into K1,” Owen describes. “It would make a lot of sense for us to be able to repurpose our K2 arrays as side hangs on a stadium-sized rig, which is one of the big reasons that we began looking into it in the first place. We’ve had some prior clients that have requested L-ACOUSTICS in the past, and with K2 — and eventually K1, perhaps — we’ll be in a position to give them both the service that has been our hallmark and the systems that they’re looking for.”
Villarreal sums things up by adding, “We feel that we’ve definitely made a wise investment here. The demand for the product is strong and the support we’ve received from L-ACOUSTICS has been fantastic. It’s truly a winning combination.”
About Thunder Audio
Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, with a new office and rehearsal space in Nashville, Thunder Audio has grown over the past three and a half decades into one of the world’s top touring sound reinforcement companies. For more information, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.
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ATK Audiotek deploys numerous SD Series consoles for “Music’s Biggest Night”
FOH Music Mixer Ron Reaves manning ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD7 console at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards
LOS ANGELES — Southern California-based live event sound, equipment rental and broadcast audio production specialist ATK Audiotek recently acquired a slew of DiGiCo digital consoles, immediately putting them to work on the 56th annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast in Los Angeles in late January. This is the third consecutive year that ATK has relied on DiGiCo consoles for the production of “Music’s Biggest Night,” with this year’s show marking the very first outing for the company’s latest purchases.
ATK, the audio production provider for the Recording Academy’s annual music celebration since the telecast permanently relocated to the Staples Center in downtown L.A. fourteen years ago, made the switch to DiGiCo consoles in 2012. This year, the console complement included an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, FOH production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.
“Everybody who comes through the GRAMMYs leaves happy, and all I use is the onboard processing,” says Reaves. “But my partner in crime at the GRAMMYs, Mikael Stewart, uses the Waves plugins quite extensively. He mixes all the dialog and the production elements, so he makes use of the DNS plugin on some of the podium micas.” Stewart, whose console was directly connected to a DiGiCo SoundGrid server, used the Waves Dialog Noise Suppression plugin to reduce the room regeneration coming back in to the microphones and also made use of the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor.
The DiGiCo SD8-24 desk positioned backstage at the Staples Center and used for signal distribution monitoring
Tom Pesa, the A stage monitor engineer, and Michael Parker, monitor engineer for the B stage, each mixed on an SD7 with a redundant engine. This year, for the first time, an SD8-24 — supplied by Hi-Tech Audio for the occasion — was positioned backstage at A2 world, and that enabled an assistant engineer to more efficiently monitor signal distribution throughout the venue.
As in previous years, Parker and Pesa each accessed common head amps in the four SD-Racks positioned backstage. But this year, in another first, two SD-Racks were added in parallel in order to provide Reaves with discrete preamp control at FOH. “Those were running MADI to his console. Staying at 48 kHz, we got an entire rack down one MADI cable instead of two,” says Jeff Peterson, ATK’s system designer. A further four SD-Racks were dedicated to outputs. ATK’s recent purchase was comprised of six consoles — two SD10s, two SD7s and two SD5s — plus 14 SD-Racks.
ATK was not the only company utilizing DiGiCo equipment at the GRAMMY Awards show. Outside the venue, in the Music Mix Mobile (M3) Eclipse truck, which provides the 5.1 surround music mix for the broadcast, Joel Singer, engineer-in-charge and M3 company partner, made use of a DiGiGrid MGO dual-port optical MADI interface and SoundGrid SGS-1 Server One. The setup enabled co-broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling to insert Waves Renaissance Vox and DeEsser as well as CLA-76 and SSL Compressor plugins on the truck’s console and Pro Tools system.
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz
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Veteran analog stalwart makes the jump to digital during Santana’s Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay
Rob Mailman and his DiGiCo SD5 set up at Las Vegas' House of Blues Mandalay Bay for a Santana concert (photo credit: Linda Evans)
LAS VEGAS, NV — Remember the old sound guy adage about knowing what all the knobs and buttons do? As the industry increasingly moves in a digital direction depending more on touch screens than faders and on menus and layers instead of every function being at one’s fingertips, mix engineers like Rob Mailman — who need to move fast and are accustomed to the dedicated control of analog — are searching for digital consoles that offer ease-of-navigation as well as outstanding sound quality. And like Mailman, who has now officially made the move to a DiGiCo SD5, those engineers are increasingly turning to DiGiCo citing the “analog-ness” of the SD interface. more
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