Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays And SOUND.COM Provide Winning Audio At Miss India 2009 Pageant

In one of Asia’s most widely viewed events of the year, SOUND.COM of Mumbai provided a JBL VERTEC® line array system for the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 pageant in Mumbai. The event, which selects India’s three different finalists for participation in the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth international beauty pageants, was staged at the Andheri Sports Complex for a live audience of 4,000 fashion-industry and global media professionals. This year’s Miss India pageant was broadcast live to more than one billion viewers across 72 countries.

Having provided live sound for the Miss India pageant in the past, SOUND.COM fully recognized the challenges of the event. “The audio system needed to provide enough acoustical power and headroom to be heard throughout the venue and also needed to be clear enough to meet the live broadcast standards,” said Warren D’Souza, Managing Director of SOUND.COM. “In addition to providing live sound reinforcement, our team worked directly with Cineyug Worldwide and Sony Television to help deliver audio for broadcast.”

Joining D’Souza onsite, the top-tier crew from SOUND.COM included Gilroy Valladares, Sunil Karanjikar, and Fali Damania for sound system setup, optimization & operation. Assisting backstage were Yusuf Shaikh, Yasin Shaikh & Ranjit Singh along with supporting technicians Piyush Singh & Kalpesh Ajare.

The SOUND.COM team designed and set up a multi-array system for the event, selecting from the company’s extensive rental inventory of JBL VERTEC line array elements. The main PA system for the pageant featured two pairs of line arrays per side, each containing eight JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements. An additional six VT4887 compact line array elements per side satisfied out fill requirements. Additionally, four VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers per side complemented the system. VRX932LA compact constant-curvature loudspeakers provided front fill and flown center fill coverage, while VRX932LA speakers with VRX918S subwoofers were in use as an onstage side fill system. SRX712M monitors were used for backstage paging. Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers powered the system, while a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console was utilized at the front of house position.

“The selection of SOUND.COM for the Miss India 2009 pageant, one of the most widely-viewed broadcast events of the year, is quite an honor,” D’Souza added. “This event also underscores the increasingly sophisticated level of audio system technology that is becoming available in an emerging market like India. This allows event planners and show producers with high global standards to have their needs met in virtually any location.”

For more information on SOUND.COM, please visit www.online-sound.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

TSI-Global Hits It Out of The Park With Crown and BSS Audio At New Citi Field

Succeeding in a challenging and historic fixed sound installation, TSI-Global installed a battery of Crown CTs amplifiers and BSS Audio Soundweb London processors as well as advanced audio networking via Harman’s HiQnet™ configuration and control protocol for the new Citi Field in Queens, NY. Home to the New York Mets of Major League Baseball, Citi Field officially opened on April 14, 2009 to a capacity crowd of 42,000 spectators.

TSI-Global deployed 160 CTs 3000 amplifiers, along with 61 CTs 1200 and 19 CTs 2000 amps with PIP-Lite Modules to power all main bowl speakers, club areas, suites, concession stands, bathrooms and entrances. “CTs amplifiers were recommended by the design consultant WJHW. For a large fixed installation such as this one, they gave us great flexibility for the various areas in the stadium,” stated Paul Murdick, vice president at TSI-Global.

All CTs series amplifiers offer integration with HiQnet System Architect and CobraNet™. “With Harman components, the ability to control and configure your audio system with HiQnet is a major advantage. When you are dealing with a project of this size, the ability to have your amplifiers perform efficiently while networked is invaluable,” added Murdick.

BSS Audio Soundweb London processors were also deployed in the Citi Field installation. Twenty BLU-120, 14 BLU-160, 10 BLU-80, and eight BLU-800 devices handled control of all stadium audio. “When you look at sound systems at stadiums across the country you’ll find BSS Audio is a name that will continue to appear. With the Soundweb London products you get great quality and value. Plus they are incredibility easy to program and that is essential in a large venue,” stated Murdick. Soundweb London devices also offer configurable I/O, CobraNet audio, and fully configurable signal processing.

Overall, Murdick pointed to the great relationship TSI-Global maintains with Harman. “In any major fixed installation such as this one there are challenges,” he said. We were fortunate enough to start with a great design through our consultant and great equipment. “The service and on-site support we received from Harman was second to none and helped make this project as seamless as possible.”

TSI-Global group president Troy Bost added that this will be one of many large-scale projects that TSI will be taking on. “We plan on forging ahead with many strategic large venue projects and their success will be reliant not only on our talented team but the successful partnerships with companies such as Harman.”

For more information on TSI-Global visit their website at www.tsi-global.com .

Friday, April 24, 2009

JBL VERTEC® Rocks The Desert In Dubai With SLS Production

Demonstrating the growing worldwide adoption of JBL VERTEC® line arrays for major entertainment-industry events, SLS Production of Dubai recently provided concert sound reinforcement services for Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2009, the 10th year for the concert series. As in years past, to meet the tour-rider specifications of international-class performing artists, the system at the Festival featured an extensive range of JBL VERTEC line array models.

Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2009 took place at the Dubai Festival City on March 6, with this year’s show placing an emphasis on heavy metal acts. Performers included Motorhead, Nervecell, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Chimaira and August Burns Red. Additional performers included Hatred from Germany and Scarab from Egypt, both of whom won entry by winning the “United We Rock” and “United We Rock/Middle East Edition,” respectively. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 7,000 fans.

The main PA system featured left-right line array hangs, with each side including 12 JBL VT4889 full-size line array elements, three VT4887A compact line array elements and six VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers. For additional low-end support, SLS deployed two ground stacks in front of the stage, each containing 12 VT4880A ultra-long excursion, dual 18-inch arrayable subwoofers. Two arrays of two VT4888 midsize line array elements provided in-fill coverage, with eight VT4888 loudspeakers providing out-fill coverage. Additional arrays of VT4887 loudspeakers were used for side fills. Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers powered the system.

SLS Production has provided sound reinforcement for the Dubai Desert Rock Festival for the past several years, relying on JBL all the way. “We first added VERTEC to our inventory eight years ago and we have had no regrets about that decision,” said Girish Yerunkar, Sales Manager for SLS Production. “We have gradually expanded our rental stock and today we have the largest rental sound system in the entire Gulf region and can cater to concerts of 350,000 people, maximum.”

For more information on SLS Production, please visit www.slspro.net

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

JBL Control® Contractor Speakers Brave The Elements At Australia’s Darling Harbour

World-famous Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia recently underwent an upgrade to its public address system, courtesy of Australia-based systems integration firm Rutledge Engineering. The new PA system is nothing less than state-of-the-art, featuring more the 300 outdoor speakers from JBL, distributed over 32 zones and controlled by a screen-selectable system.

Darling Harbour, owned by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, is one of the favorite destinations in Sydney for dining, nightlife and entertainment, offering more than 40 restaurants, 30 bars, the Sydney Aquarium and numerous theaters and museums. While the Harbour offers a pleasant atmosphere for visitors, the salty air is much less forgiving towards audio equipment, where corrosion can compromise signal integrity and system reliability. As such, a conversion from an aging analog system to a modern digital PA system was in order.
Rutledge Engineering designed and installed a comprehensive system drawing from several Harman brands, including JBL Control® Contractor loudspeakers, Crown CTs amplifiers, BSS processing and HiQnet™ networking and control. In total, 152 JBL Control 28T-60 and 140 Control 25T surface-mount speakers were installed, each of which is fitted with a stainless steel Weathermax grille for protection from the elements. The system was sold through Jands, JBL’s Australian distributor.

The JBL Control Contractor speakers provided an optimal combination of output and directivity, as well as a weatherproof design that was required for this application,” said Nick Orsatti of Rutledge Engineering. “They also feature a simple and effective mounting solution to deter theft and tampering by the general public.”

Rutledge Engineering opted for a BSS Soundweb London system for all distribution duties. For amplification and monitoring of the system, Rutledge installed a Crown Audio IQ system, which includes CTs amplifiers fitted with USP3-CN-PIP cards, which fed CobraNet digital audio signals directly into the amplifiers, ensuring there was no signal degradation in the distribution system.

For more information on Rutledge Engineering, please visit www.rutledge.com.au

Lewis-Palmer School District Enhances Visual Learning At High School Level With Hitachi Software StarBoards

Colorado School District Utilizes Hitachi Interactive Whiteboards To Enhance Learning In All Major Subject Areas

In order to develop next generation educational programs, Lewis-Palmer School District, in Monument, Colorado, selected Hitachi Software StarBoard interactive whiteboards. Purchased through Troxell Communications, the district utilizes twenty-four of the FXDUO-77 model StarBoards at the elementary and high school levels.

The StarBoards are currently being utilized by teachers in all major subject areas at the high school level. “The StarBoard is a great tool to teach students how to edit and revise their writing. We take students writing and work on editing exercises using the StarBoard software in front of the entire class. Having the ability to visualize in this format makes it a much more valuable learning experience for the students,” stated Kathleen Raphael, English teacher in the Lewis-Palmer School District. “Our students are in a generation where technology is used in almost every aspect of their lives. It is how they communicate with their peers. Using technology to make learning more accessible and more authentic for them is vital.”

Ms. Raphael also believes there is confidence gained in having students come up to the StarBoard individually. “By using this tool, we model excellent communication and presentation skills. These skills will absolutely be invaluable to them in their chosen career fields.”

“Students have a hard time believing certain properties in Geometry because they cannot visualize what is happening. They tend to get stuck on certain types of pictures and struggle to transfer certain concepts when diagrams change. The StarBoard allows a teacher to make these illustrations come to life. It is great to have the ability to build and manipulate shapes in front of the students, instead of being tied to my desk and computer,” stated Marc Johnson, Math teacher in the Lewis-Palmer School District.

Tracey Lehman, Director of Educational Technology in the district, also feels the Hitachi StarBoards have become a major asset for the students in their visual learning.

“Classes like Geometry and Trigonometry have come alive with student interactivity. Right now we are also in the process of creating a high-tech multi-purpose room where students can collaborate about a project using the StarBoard as the center point of their discussions. It has definitely changed teaching and learning for students and teachers.”

For more information on Troxell Communications visit www.troxell.com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

JBL Control® Contractor Speakers Brave The Elements At Australia’s Darling Harbour

World-famous Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia recently underwent an upgrade to its public address system, courtesy of Australia-based systems integration firm Rutledge Engineering. The new PA system is nothing less than state-of-the-art, featuring more the 300 outdoor speakers from JBL, distributed over 32 zones and controlled by a screen-selectable system.

Darling Harbour is one of the favorite destinations in Sydney for dining, nightlife and entertainment, offering more than 40 restaurants, 30 bars, the Sydney Aquarium and numerous theaters and museums. While the Harbour offers a pleasant atmosphere for visitors, the salty air is much less forgiving towards audio equipment, where corrosion can compromise signal integrity and system reliability. As such, a conversion from an aging analog system to a modern digital PA system was in order.

Rutledge Engineering designed and installed a comprehensive system drawing from several Harman brands, including JBL Control® Contractor loudspeakers, Crown CTs amplifiers, BSS processing and HiQnet™ networking and control. In total, 152 JBL Control 28T-60 and 140 Control 25T surface-mount speakers were installed, each of which is fitted with a stainless steel Weathermax grille for protection from the elements. The system was sold through Jands, JBL’s Australian distributor.

The JBL Control Contractor speakers provided an optimal combination of output and directivity, as well as a weatherproof design that was required for this application,” said Nick Orsatti of Rutledge Engineering. “They also feature a simple and effective mounting solution to deter theft and tampering by the general public.”

Rutledge Engineering opted for a BSS Soundweb London system for all distribution duties. For amplification and monitoring of the system, Rutledge installed a Crown Audio IQ system, which includes CTs amplifiers fitted with USP3-CN-PIP cards, which fed CobraNet digital audio signals directly into the amplifiers, ensuring there was no signal degradation in the distribution system.


For more information on Rutledge Engineering, please visit www.rutledge.com.au

Soundcraft Si Series Gains Offline Editing, Graphic EQ’s And MADI Interface

Following last month’s launch of the compact Soundcraft Si2, sister to the acclaimed Soundcraft Si3 last month, Soundcraft has announced a new software revision to include Graphic equalizers on the desk and the availability of an offline editor, Virtual Si, for the platform.

Si software version 2.0 adds the capabilities to display composite EQ curves on the touch screen for any channel or output, but perhaps more importantly provides a BSS Audio 30-band graphic equalizer on every output (groups, auxes and matrices), which is controlled by the faders in the same way as on the larger Soundcraft Vi Series platforms.

When switched to Graphic EQ mode, the Soundcraft FaderGlow™ system lights the first 15 faders on the desk in red to indicate EQ mode, and the OLED display above each channel shows both the ISO frequency of the filter and the gain or cut. A really nice feature is the pseudo centre-detent provided in the motorized fader at the 0db point. Simple scrolling allows the faders to control all 30 bands in three sections of the low, mid and higher frequencies.

The Si Series now has a full complement of gates, compressors, graphic EQs and Lexicon effects engines inside the single box analogue-replacement solution.

Completing the new software functionality is the ability to integrate with a Harman HiQnet system and send Venue Recall messages to equipment in the network. Existing Soundcraft Si2 and Si3 owners can upgrade software via the website, www.soundcraft.com.

Channel direct outputs on the Si Series will shortly be provided through an optional MADI interface card, which fits into one of the option slots on the rear of the Si Series chassis. The card, based on the Studer D21m I/O system card and a version of which is also used on the Vi Series, provides up to 64 direct outputs from the channel down a MADI stream, which can be fed to a MADI-based audio multitrack recorder to record live shows, or even used as a stage splitter to feed the inputs to another console which has a MADI interface to its inputs. The card is expected to ship by the end of April.

The new Virtual Si software allows an engineer to completely setup a show, with channel labels, aux/group assignments, EQ settings and cues etc, offline on a PC or laptop, save the show to a USB memory stick and load it directly into the console, saving valuable set-up time at a gig. The software GUI is an exact replica of the desk, so can be used also as a learning or tutorial aid.

A free download of Virtual Si is available at www.soundcraft.com

Studer RELINK Makes Broadcast Studio Interconnection More Powerful Than Ever Before

Studer has announced the availability of the new STUDER RELINK (Resource Linking) I/O Sharing system, which can link numerous Studer consoles in various locations of a Broadcast facility to allow audio source and control data sharing across a wide network.

One of the benefits of the STUDER RELINK system in comparison to others is that it is based totally on Studer’s existing SCore system which is an integral part of a Studer console architecture, so no additional hardware or breakout boxes are required to complete the network. Any combination of Studer Vista (5, 6, 7, 8), the OnAir 2500 and 3000 consoles, as well as Route 6000 can link with each other via RELINK, communicating over TCP/IP. Other console-based networking systems on the market are often restricted to a single type of console.

RELINK is seamless, scaleable, flexible, and can start with a simple link between two Studer consoles, and scale up to multi-console systems using a two-step topology where all signals are matrixed through a central device, for example the Studer Route 6000 system. To use RELINK, Studer consoles must be updated to the newest software versions – 4.1 for Vista, 3.1 for OnAir systems and 2.0 for Route 6000 systems.

Studer’s D21m I/O system forms the heart of all the input/output connections, and network audio is not restricted to a single transport type - audio interconnects may be made through conventional MADI, AES, ADAT, regular copper analogue lines or even HDLink. Each D21m frame can be configured to accept up to 384 inputs and 384 outputs, with numerous options for audio interface types including analog, AES, SDI, Dolby E and MADI, all available in cost-effective modules which maximize channel usage and hardware capacity. These inputs and outputs can be shared with any or all of the mixing consoles.

Source selection is transparent, and signal labels are automatically transferred to the consuming locations, so the operator always knows which source is connected. Signal takeover between studios is seamless, so RELINK is well-suited for live transmission switchover. A resilient mic take-over mechanism ensures that mic control parameters such as analogue gain, phantom power, etc. are not changed unintentionally but require a conscious confirmation of remote take-over. With OnAir consoles, local monitoring at the point of use is turned off automatically to prevent feedback, indicated with red light signaling and automatically following the source wherever it is used.




When used in the two-step topology with the Studer Route 6000, inputs and outputs may be processed by various DSP algorithms such as delay or limiter, removing the need for further external processing hardware. Unlike some other routers, no inputs or outputs are lost when DSP resource is consumed – the I/O count is always true.

The Route 6000 can be controlled via the VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) software for tightly integrated control of routing, processing and monitoring assignments through customizable hardware and software panels. SNMP is used for system health monitoring and local/remote surveillance and messages can be sent to control terminals highlighting problems.

Additional functionality in the new software release for Studer Vista consoles includes DAW control. This allows Vista consoles to interface to a wide number of the available DAW systems on the market and control key functions such as track-arming, mute, solo and fader control. Connections are simply made through Cat5 rather than the cumbersome multiple MIDI cables found with some systems. As well as labeling and auto-labeling of DAW channels via the console GUI, it is also possible to write DAW automation from the consoles fader
For total peace of mind, RELINK incorporates extensive redundancy capabilities based on proven Studer hardware solutions.

Overall, RELINK represents probably the most flexible, scaleable and integrated audio resource sharing system for broadcast currently offered.

Previewed at the IBC in 2008, RELINK immediately received a STAR award from Broadcast Engineering magazine, demonstrating its appeal to this marketplace.

For further information on Studer RELINK and the Studer Vista and OnAir consoles, visit www.studer.ch or contact your local Studer Distributor.

More Option Cards For Soundcraft Vi Series Add Broadcast Appeal And Bring Recording Opportunities

More option interface cards for the Soundcraft Vi Series Digital Live Sound consoles have been released, expanding the applications of the highly popular digital mixer into Broadcast, and adding easy capabilities for direct recording from the desk.

Using the ADAT card, it is possible to connect 2 ports of 8 channels (inputs and outputs) to an ADAT-equipped hard disk or software-based recorder, so 2 cards would enable 32 channels of audio to be recorded and played back almost instantaneously.

The SDI and Dolby® E cards will be welcomed by broadcasters, as it means the desk can handle the de-embedding of audio channels from within SDI video streams (and re-embedding for onward transmission), and the decoding of up to 8 channels of audio from a Dolby Digital or Dolby E stream. All individual audio channels are then available within the Vi Series’ digital patchbay for mixing.

The Dolby E card holds 2 complete decoder sections and saves both space and weight in critical applications such as OB vehicles.

For more information, visit www.soundcraft.com

Camp Digital Mobile Production Company Hits The Road With Soundcraft Vi4™ Digital Mixing Console

Nashville based television production company, Camp Digital, has included as the centerpiece of its audio capabilities a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console into its new JOURNEY HD mobile production truck. Providing state-of-the-art High Definition production around North America, JOURNEY HD has recently provided video and audio support for a wide range of productions, including the television special ‘Feel That Fire’ for Great American Country starring Dierks Bentley, the 35th anniversary DVD of the band Kansas and a DVD featuring Christian comedian Chonda Pierce.

JOURNEY HD is the first in a fleet of vehicles operated by Camp Digital, who is developing mobile production solutions to fit an ever-growing production market in need of high quality production resources at an affordable price.

Commenting on the Soundcraft Vi4 installation into the JOURNEY HD is VP of Business Development Tom Gregory. “The 72 channel Vi4 has tremendously expanded our audio capabilities and is the perfect solution for JOURNEY HD as the footprint of the board fits comfortably into our truck.” Gregory continues, “As we work in a mobile environment, it is essential for all aspects of production to be as fast and efficient as possible. The Vi4 is accountable for streamlining our production from start to finish, and we have seen an incredible increase in productivity since we installed the Vi4.”

Tom Davis is one of the production mixers for JOURNEY HD as well as a consultant for the design of the audio side of the truck and he discusses the advantages of mixing on a Soundcraft Vi4 console. “The sound quality of the Vi4 is outstanding and the routing capabilities are extensive and straightforward. The Vistonics™ II interface is highly functional and extremely easy to use and the entire desk can be controlled at my fingertips without the hassle of digging through several menus,” Davis concludes.

Camp Digital is a partnership formed nearly two years ago by a group of Nashville video production professionals with the mission to create for themselves and others a sensible solution to the acquisition and production of music and entertainment events for television, home video, and non traditional media through the internet and other handheld/wireless devices. Camp Digital has nearly 100 years combined experience in the field of television and video production, and already has an additional vehicle, Passage HD, which will soon become part of their fleet.

For more information on Camp Digital, please visit http://campdigital.net

Soundcraft, Studer And Optocore Partner For Control Of Optocore Mic Preamps Over Network

Initially announced at last year’s Pro Light & Sound, the partnership between Soundcraft, Studer and Optocore is bearing rich fruit as the companies develop further features for the interface between Soundcraft and Studer consoles and the Optocore fiber network. Last year, Optocore and Soundcraft Studer co-developed the DD2FE network MADI interface that allowed Studer Vista and Soundcraft Vi Series consoles to transmit up to 128 input and 128 output channels of audio over an Optocore network.

The teams have now announced that using the Optocore DD2FE, Soundcraft Vi Series consoles and Studer Vista consoles are now able to remotely control the microphone preamplifiers in the Optocore LX4AP stagebox, which features 48 mic inputs. This has been enabled through Optocore’s integration of the Studer D21m I/O system control protocol into their topology. Vi Series and Vista consoles can already remotely control the preamps in their own stageboxes over the network, allowing multiple consoles and stageboxes to be interconnected with full redundancy.

The ability to remotely control stagebox gains over the Optocore fiber network is a major advantage for users, giving that extra degree of flexibility and gain control over the relevant parts of an installed system, particularly in Theatres.

For more information, contact Soundcraft (www.soundcraft.com), Studer, (www.studer.ch) or Optocore (www.optocore.com)

Czech Television Broadcasts FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in HD with Studer Vista 8

Czech Television’s HD OB Van was in operation during the entire FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, between February 18th and March 1st, to the great satisfaction of the sound engineers. The only threat to the event was the possibility of no snow, which would have been a nightmare for the organizing committee, but finally 120 cm of snowfall over the period of the event meant that all the connecting cables from the truck to the remote stageboxes almost became a fixed installation until the early summer!

Higher temperatures and a thaw over the last 2 days finally allowed the crew of the HD Van to leave Liberec. "Over 50 hours of live broadcast was made on the Vista 8, an integral part of Czech Television’s first HD OB Van. All the standard features of this digital system, in particular the user-friendly intuitive operation, very good sound quality and overall system robustness passed the demanding test of this sports event under severe weather conditions.” The events were watched by nearly 200,000 spectators over the 2 week period.

“This comprehensive live application confirmed that the Studer Vista is able to meet our demanding expectations," reported Mr. Milan Gazdik, Senior Engineer of Audioengineering, Czech TV Prague and a member of the EBU Production Management Committee.

AKG Introduces Redesigned C 3000 Condenser Microphone For both Studio and Onstage Applications

AKG announced the release of the redesigned C 3000 condenser microphone, suitable for every recording or live application. The cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing C 3000 microphone from AKG has been proven as a trusty and reliable workhorse for more that 15 years. The new C 3000 maintains the popular characteristics of the C 3000, however a new sleek and classy finish showcases AKG’s new Corporate Design. It is a great selection for both recording and live sound applications, where maximum sound quality and robustness are a must, and the competitive price makes the C 3000 a must-have.

Commenting on the redesigned C 3000 is Product Marketing Manager for Recording and Broadcast at AKG, Thomas Stubics. “Since 1993, the C 3000 has become a standard for a wide range of applications.” Stubics continues, “The only thing our customer wanted us to change was the appearance so we included AKG’s new Corporate Design, which has also been included on recently launched products like the proven D 5 hand-held vocal mic and the brand-new K 702 Reference Class headphones.”

The C 3000 features a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, low noise electronics, high SPL capability and an internal shock mount, which drastically reduces handling noise from mic stands or cables. The switchable 10dB preattenuation increase in SPL capability by 10 dB and accommodates loud instruments and amplifiers with ease. The switchable first-order 500Hz low frequency filter eliminates the proximity effect for close-miking. The standard accessories are a metal carrying case and a spider-type shock mount.

Proven for more than 15 years and affordably priced, the C 3000 is an excellent choice for every high quality recording or demanding live sound application.

AKG Reincarnates A Legend With The Introduction Of The C 747 V11 Microphone

Bringing new life to the classic C 747 microphone, AKG has redesigned the “pencil microphone” to better cope with specific installed sound issues, AKG announced. The updated C 747 V11 brings a new form of premium microphone quality to conference applications and maintains its predecessor’s reputation as one of the most versatile microphones in the AKG product range.

The versatility of the C 747 is apparent as the mic is capable of handling a range of instruments and positions, including overhead positioning for its brilliant sound reproduction and its unobtrusive optical appearance and is also included in numerous broadcast stations, recording studios, theaters, opera houses, churches, conference rooms and lecture halls.

The redesigned C 747 V11 eliminates unwanted interference by mobile phones and wireless mics with the addition of an integrated RFi shield and the frequency response has been fine-tuned in order to provide a clear, understanding sound without changing the ambience of the classic C 747 sound.

With an enhanced hyper-cardioid polar pattern, the V11 provides consistent off-axis rejection to control ambient noise and feedback in acoustically challenging environments. Another feature, not existent in the earlier C 747, is a switchable LF roll-off filter that works to suppress mechanical noise. The low impedance pre-amp operates on 9 to 52 V phantom power without a transformer.

The C747 V11 ships with an extensive accessory set, including a shock mount/adapter, mini gooseneck, stand adapter, mounting clamp, thread link and windscreen.

JBL Professional Earns Fifth Straight MIPA In Portable Sound Category For EON500 Series

At this year’s Prolight + Sound Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, JBL once again earned a MIPA (International Music Press Award), this time for the new EON500 portable PA loudspeaker series in the category of Portable Sound. More than 100 magazines voted in over 40 categories products at the 10th Annual MIPA ceremony, which took place on April 2. This marks the fifth straight year that JBL has won the MIPA in the Portable Sound category and JBL’s ninth MIPA nomination overall.

Since the initial introduction of the EON series in 1995, JBL has sold nearly one million speakers, resetting the standards for portability and performance along the way. The EON500 series continues to raise these standards with even greater versatility, performance and value.

“The MIPA for the EON500 series is proof of the industry’s recognition that these are the go-to loudspeakers for portable PA applications,” said Simon Jones, Director of Marketing for Portable PA, JBL Professional. “It is an honor to win this award for a fifth straight year.”

The EON500 series features three new models: the EON515 and EON510 2-way powered speakers, and the EON518S subwoofer. Each of the full-range EON500 series compact, lightweight models features an on-board mini-mixer with loop-thru or mix-out capability, allowing for greater control of the loudspeaker’s output. The EON500 series loudspeakers also offer selectable EQ, multiple suspension points, soft-grip handle and a full screened backed grille for extra component protection. The EON500 series loudspeakers feature a combination of JBL’s patented engineered components, enabling a smaller enclosure and lighter weight than competitive models.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Harman Professional CEO Blake Augsburger Honored By Texas Tech University

Harman Professional Chief Executive Officer, Blake Augsburger, has been named a recipient of Texas Tech University’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award. The prestigious Award is a recognition of University alum who have excelled in their profession, have provided inspiration to their peers and have demonstrated a continuing interest in areas outside of engineering. Blake Augsburger joins Chi-Ming Chang, James A. Edmiston, Shelby Johnson and J. G. Soules as 2009 Distinguished Engineer Award recipients for outstanding contributions to the engineering field.

“I am honored and humbled to be named a Distinguished Engineer by Texas Tech University,” Blake Augsburger said today. “Having attended the school for my graduate and post-graduate degrees, I am acutely aware of the depth of talent that passes through the University’s halls. It’s a great privilege to join Chi-Ming Chang, James A. Edmiston, Shelby Johnson and J. G. Soules as a 2009 Distinguished Engineer Award recipient. I congratulate the other recipients and I am grateful to the University for its contribution to the advancement of engineering innovation, for its great service to the student body and for the education and direction that I received at the school.”

The Distinguished Engineer Award was established during the 1966-67 academic year to recognize the most outstanding alumni of the college. Since that time, 194 graduates have received this honor.

“The Distinguished Engineer award is an excellent opportunity for the Whitacre College of Engineering to recognize our exceptional alumni,” said Pamela Eibeck, dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “Our faculty and staff are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni, especially those that earn the title of ‘Distinguished Engineer.’ These five individuals are members of an elite group that have coupled outstanding career success with significant contributions to society.”

“The professional audio and video communities are packed tight with excellent engineering talent and at Harman Professional we are determined to lead AV innovation by investing heavily in engineering R&D so that our products out-innovate the competition and outperform market expectations,” Augsburger continued. “I am proud and pleased that Harman Professional’s recognized track record of engineering excellence and innovation mirrors that of Texas Tech.”

Lexicon® Releases PCM96 Surround Version of Reverb/Effects Processor

Lexicon Introduces Its Newest Professional Reverb and Effects Processor That Increases Inputs and Outputs, Configuration Options and Reverb/Effects Algorithms.

Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced its PCM96 Surround Reverb/Effects Processor. The Surround version delivers 50 new and legendary Lexicon reverbs, delays and modulation effects, while at the same time offering more presets, configuration options and additional inputs and outputs. Designed for the modern studio, the PCM96 Surround can function as a control-only insert or FireWire streaming audio plug-in inside any Mac VST® or Audio Units software.

A new Pitch algorithm has been developed for the PCM96 Surround in addition to the Room, Hall, and many additional algorithms for music and post production. The Pitch algorithm was released as a software update for the original PCM96 on Nov 1st,.

Lexicon’s new Room algorithm provides a more flexible alternative to convolution type reverbs. Reflection patterns can now be easily selected, scaled and equalized – all while simultaneously passing audio. They can be instantly reversed or combined with a traditional reverb to extend the delay or bring a stronger sense of “liveness” to the space.

The PCM96 Surround uses multimode filters at several spots in the audio flow to provide more exact shaping of the reverb while still maintaining the distinctive Lexicon sound. All reverbs have an ‘infinite’ switch that allows the reverb to run forever, a feature used for creating unusual backgrounds and sound effects. With decades of legacy products to leverage, the PCM96 Surround includes over 2200 of the finest collection of factory presets available.

The PCM96 Surround can be divided into four virtual machines, each of which can run its own algorithm. This allows the signal from each input to be routed through a variety of algorithm combinations. Following in the tradition of the PCM60, PCM70 and PCM96 signal processors, the PCM96 Surround delivers the versatility and rich sound that is unmistakably Lexicon.

Two models are available: a digital only version with six XLR Stereo AES inputs and outputs; and a version with both digital and analog which includes two DB25 connectors with 6-channel analog I/O and one DB25 with 6-channel digital I/O. Both versions feature MIDI, Wordclock, Ethernet, and FireWire®.

The Lexicon PCM96 Stereo Reverb/Effects feature set includes:
• New Parallel Stereo and Surround configurations
• Lexicon’s new Surround Room algorithm, used to generate a vast array of room-related effects for music and post
• New pitch algorithms
• 50 legendary Lexicon® reverbs, modulation, and delay effects
• Two models available:
• 6 XLR Stereo AES inputs and outputs
• Two DB25 6-channel analog I/O and one DB25 6-channel digital I/O
• “Hardware Plug-In” feature with Mac VST® or Audio Units software
• Seamless automation and control via Ethernet or FireWire
• Over 2200 factory presets, including recognizable classics from Lexicon’s immense library of sounds
• External BNC Wordclock input
• Multiple sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz
• 32-bit floating point processing
• MIDI in, out, and thru
• 768 user presets
• Large front panel OLED display
• Compact Flash preset storage
• HiQnet™ compatible

The Broadcast Standard Returns With New JBL LSR2300 Series Studio Monitors

At NAB 2009, JBL Professional is introducing the new LSR2300 Series Studio Monitors, delivering professional performance at price points within reach of any broadcast facility. Now shipping, the LSR2300 Series builds on JBL’s 60-year heritage serving the broadcast market .

The LSR2300 Series includes: the LSR2328P Bi-Amplified 203 mm (8-inch) Studio Monitor with 165 Watts of amplification; the LSR2325P Bi-Amplified 133 mm (5-inch) Studio Monitor with 90 Watts of amplification; and the LSR2310SP Powered 254 mm (10-inch) Studio Subwoofer with an integrated 180 Watt power amplifier.

In developing the LSR2300 Series, JBL applied the same stringent Linear Spatial Reference criteria used in the design of the acclaimed LSR6300 and the LSR4300 Series widely used in broadcast control rooms. While most manufacturers take only a single on-axis measurement of the speaker’s performance, JBL’s LSR criteria requires 70 measurements, yielding more than 1,200 times more data. The data enables JBL to engineer a system that produces greater accuracy at the mix position. LSR2300’s large waveguide and elliptical tweeter aperture work in conjunction with a 1” silk-substrate high-frequency transducer to deliver superior imaging and smoother frequency response in the control room.

Today’s broadcast applications including production of HD programs demand a monitor system capable of extended low frequency performance and high dynamic range. To address this, JBL engineered new long-excursion low-frequency transducers with high-flux motors and a custom tuned port that work in concert to produce deep accurate low frequency response, previously unavailable at this price point. The LSR2328P 8” model provides low frequency extension to 37Hz; the LSR2325P 5” model to 43Hz, and the LSR2310SP subwoofer provides deep low frequency performance below 28Hz. Each studio monitor in the LSR2300 line produces exceptional sound pressure level (SPL) achieved through the use of high-sensitivity transducers and careful attention paid to the thermal properties of the system.

Featured to integrate into professional systems, all models include balanced and unbalanced inputs that allow connection to a wide range of playback sources including professional mixing consoles, computer audio workstations and consumer playback equipment. The LSR2310SP Subwoofer includes a 2-channel bass management system with selectable crossover settings and balanced outputs for integration of the sub into any system. LSR2325P and LSR2328P enclosures include mounting points and are reinforced for safe wall mounting. Transducers in all models are self-shielded to allow use in close proximity to magnetically-sensitive equipment.

“For years, the JBL 4400 Series studio monitors were the top choice for broadcast installations,” said Peter Chaikin, Director of Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional. “Recently, the LSR4300 Series has become the go-to choice for modern digitally-outfitted broadcast control rooms. With professional performance, integrated bi-amplification, wall mount capability and very affordable price points, we anticipate the LSR2300 Series will be welcomed by TV and radio broadcasters and facilities.”

Studer Introduces New Vista Software Version Specific For Theater Applications

Soundcraft Studer is now established as one of the world’s leading providers of digital consoles offering a full range of consoles to the theater market, from local and provincial theaters to Broadway/West End venues.

The Studer Vista range of consoles is rapidly growing in the theatrical community, with the Vista 5 recently used on large-scale productions in New York on the new productions of West Side Story and Road Show, The Musical.

In addition to the already extensive theater specific functionality, Studer has now introduced new Vista software version 4.2, which greatly enhances the sound design and production workflow for cue-based theater productions.

The new software provides extended cue list functions including time-based cue recall, MIDI MMC commands for sound FX playback triggers, as well as the introduction of some brand new cue events.

Library Events:
Characters in a musical or play can now be given any desired library entry (e.g. a special EQ setting) on a cue by cue basis. This allows easy adjustment, either temporary or permanent, of these library settings, as well as a very straightforward way to replace the settings of an actor with replacement-actor or understudy settings.

VCA/Mute Events:
VCA assigns and muting of channels can now also be entered on a cue by cue basis, without the use of snapshots, for a much easier and comprehensive way of building a show.

Virtual Vista:
Also announced with version 4.2 is the Virtual Vista PC-based online and offline editor, so the sound engineer can move around the theatre and make adjustments to level and EQ from all the key audience seating positions, live. This can also function as a console control back-up, working in parallel with the desk.

This is also a useful training and demonstration tool, and can be obtained by contacting Studer or a local sales representative.

Together with the Vista’s already extensive facilities, which suit theater sound, such as high input/output capacity, the acclaimed Vistonics™ user interface, distributable stagebox systems, control surface configurability, very compact footprint and outstanding sonic performance, the Studer Vista series of consoles are now the perfect choice for world class theaters.

Studer Vista 5 Console Gains AutoTouchPlus Dynamic Automation

AutoTouchPlus, the renowned dynamic automation system that is part of the Studer Vista 7 and Vista 8 consoles, is now also available on the Studer Vista 5.

The recent upgrade means that the Vista 5, which is primarily a live production console, can now also be used for post production work, for example between live sessions.

All parameters of the console can be automated against timecode, in the most simple and intuitive way, using touch sensitive faders and Vistonics™ encoders.

The Vistonics screens elegantly display the current mix pass values along with the previously written mix data from the last mix pass, providing an informative overview provided by no other console on the market.

The existing MIDI port is used to read MTC (MIDI Timecode) to which the automation is then slaved. For systems based on linear SMPTE timecode (LTC), an optional LTC to MTC converter is available.

The main control panel for AutoTouchPlus, the virtual ACU (automation control unit) is displayed as a window on the Graphical Controller, and in addition, the most important buttons from this panel are provided on the desk surface as well.

Existing Vista 5 installations can be upgraded to this functionality from software version 4.2 onwards.

For more information, visit www.studer.ch

AKG Showcases Revolutionary DMS 700 Digital Wireless System At NAB 2009

AKG is showcasing the DMS 700 digital wireless microphone system at NAB, offering users a state of the art feature set including digital audio encryption, ultra wide tuning range and high channel count in a simple to use 19” chassis. Ideal for live sound reinforcement, conference facilities, courtrooms and houses of worship, the DMS 700 is a revolutionary wireless solution designed for the future as it operates with two frequency bands with each band providing a tuning range of up to 155 MHz of receivers and transmitters giving the user extended flexibility in today’s crowded RF environment.

The clean digital audio transmission eliminates the distortion and significant noise levels at the higher audio frequencies that is typically produced by analog systems. The DMS 700 offers 155 MHz of bandwidth, which provides a robust and versatile operation. The encrypted digital audio transmission enables users to broadcast sensitive audio information and each channel can be secured with its own encryption key to keep the information absolutely confidential.

Featuring the ability to operate up to 100 channels simultaneously, the digital audio transmission system provides a better resistance to interference from other transmissions and an infrared link between receiver and transmitter offers a quick system setup for easy and user-friendly operation.

DSR 700 Digital Stationary Receiver

The 1U 19” rack mountable DSR 700 digital receiver features encryption and 155 MHz tuning range ensuring future operation. The internal digital signal processor provides an array of audio features such as a low cut, 3-Band Equalizer, dbx® compressor and dbx limiter. The built in spectrum analyzer displays the frequency range to enhance the operation and control of the radio spectrum. The DSR 700 features Harman HiQnet™ allowing it to be networked with Crown® amps and JBL® speakers and other Harman Products which also allows for easy software updates of all system components.

DHT 700 Digital Handheld Transmitter

The DHT700 Transmitter has a rugged metal housing, a built-in helical antenna and 50mW RF output power that provides for optimal and reliable transmission. The DHT 700 features AKG’s Top Selling D5 dynamic microphone capsule for lead and backing vocals. The patented Laminate Varimotion™ diaphragm accompanies the supercardiod polar pattern to provide users with higher gain before feedback than typical hand held vocal mics. AKG’s C5 condenser microphone capsule with a cardioid polar pattern is also available.

DPT 700 Digital Bodypack Transmitter

The DPT 700 Bodypack transmitter accepts both microphone and line-level input signals with no need to adjust the input sensitivity. This unique feature guarantees a failure-proof operation and the professional TB3M audio input supports a broad range of headsets, lavalieres and instrument microphones. AKG’s legendary battery life of eight hours of operation from two regular AA size batteries remains consistent in the DPT700 as with other AKG wireless systems.

CU 700 Charging Unit

AKG’s CU 700 is a fast charger that rapidly charges the rechargeable batteries inside the transmitter without damaging the cells' elements. The microprocessor-controlled charger determines the optimum charge current and has a cooling fan to help keep the temperature of the cells in a controlled environment. Charging is terminated when both batteries are fully charged. The CU 700 charger uses the DC Pulse Technology in which a pulse is fed to the battery with a strictly controlled rise time, pulse width, pulse repetition rate and amplitude. With pulse charging, high instantaneous voltages can be applied without overheating the battery.

Soundcraft Vi6™ Digital Console On Tour With Modest Mouse, Mixes To Thunder’ous Applause!

A Soundcraft Vi6™ digital mixing console was recently selected to tour with the famous American alternative and indie rock band Modest Mouse. The United States and Canadian tour required a versatile mixer and the FOH engineer, Phillip J. Harvey, selected the Vi6 for its Vistonics™ II easy-to-use touch-screen user interface and its vast array of capabilities. Tom Hejnicki, Project Manager for Thunder Audio, supplied the console to the Modest Mouse tour and labels the Vi6 as one of the most “analog-user-friendly” consoles available.

Tom also adds, “The compact footprint of the Vi6 makes it an ideal console for live sound and tour applications. The Vi6’s ability to eliminate the need for external processing racks is a major benefit and the Lexicon reverbs and effects as well as the BSS EQ suite provide outstanding sound and versatility to the performance.”

“Touring with the Vi6 has saved us a considerable amount of time setting-up for shows and we are able to conserve a generous amount of space in the truck as well.”

“I was instantly impressed with the Vistonics platform,” continued Hejnicki. “The intuitive nature of the control surface is immediately evident and the transition to Vistonics is seamless.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 was developed by Harman companies Soundcraft and Studer and utilizes core processing and user interface technologies, shared with Studer’s Vista Series and OnAir 3000 consoles. It has 96 mono inputs that mix into 35 outputs. The console provides direct outputs on all 96 channels in addition to internal bus routing.

For more information on Thunder Audio, please visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

Studer Vista Consoles Integrated Into Sony HD OB Trucks

Over the last 12 months Sony has produced a large number of the latest ‘state of the art’, High Definition, digital OB trucks at it's manufacturing facility in Basingstoke, England.

These trucks are now going into service around the world with prestige broadcasters such as RTR in Moscow, ATM in Poland, and RTS and TVB92 in the Balkans. In Algeria, EPTV also took delivery of 5 Sony-produced trucks.
Sony produces multi-camera OB vans with double or triple expanding sides to enable large scale production operations with 20 or more cameras, 8 or more VT and hard disk Video recorders coupled together with a Studer Vista digital surround audio console.

Studer and Sony have worked together to provide a fully integrated digital audio path within the OB truck all the way from the microphone on the stage to the final HD recording or embedded satellite link to ensure surround audio of the highest quality, especially true now with the possibility of digital surround sound all the way to the viewer's home.

Furthermore, through the use of the integrated audio router built into each Vista console significant savings in both physical hardware (always an issue in OB trucks) and cost can be achieved. This router provides the required multi-channel audio layers married to the main video router without the need for large quantities of "glue boxes" required with traditional standard audio routers.

Each Vista audio desk is tailored to meet the exact requirements of each project be it a 32 fader Vista 5 surface through to a 52 fader Vista 8. In each case, the user-configurability of the Vista DSP engine and the ability to change the layout of the control surface faders provides a unique flexibility to work on a wide variety of productions from music to sport.

New Studer OnAir 2500 Modulo Variant Now Available

Studer has introduced a new modular version of the successful OnAir 2500 broadcast console for installation in custom studio furniture.

The new model OnAir 2500 Modulo has separate modules for fader bays and master section, along with a rack-mountable mainframe which houses the power supply and host processing. These modules can be recessed into a desktop for a clean installation with all cables integrated within the furniture and the mainframe hidden appropriately.

The OnAir 2500 Modulo was introduced in response to demand from the market for a recessable console.

In Switzerland, a custom version of the OnAir 2500 console was built into a stunning desk at Radio 105 / Radio Monte Carlo, which changes color when it is on-air and the mics are live whether on-air or off-air.

The OnAir 2500 digital all-in-one broadcast console utilizes well-established software technology derived from the highly acclaimed OnAir 3000 console to deliver a new standard in ease of use for radio broadcast.

The fader strips include a graphical OLED (Organic LED) screen, which contains a channel label, level and gain reduction meter and parameter readouts, adjustable via a rotary encoder and two push buttons below the display. OLED screens have a much wider viewing angle than LCDs and have much higher definition, so operators can immediately see information much more clearly.

The large TFT color touch screen uses Studer’s patented Touch’n’Action system, where only the most important functions have hardware control elements in the channel strip, making the operation of the console very simple and stress-free.
The touch screen can also display all the relevant settings and configurations for each channel in addition to the OLED displays. A simple touch on one of the eight small channel pushbuttons, e.g. equalizer, dynamics, AUX send, immediately opens the corresponding page on the main screen, allowing quick and easy adjustment.

The most important functions are just one finger stroke away, accessible virtually instantly – vital in a hectic, live on-air situation. The user interface is designed in the similar symbolic language as the highly regarded Vistonics™ system and adjusted in a very flat hierarchy without the use of multi-level menus.

The OnAir 2500 Series provides the user with a large number of inputs and outputs in many standard signal formats. In addition to interfaces on XLR and SUB-D outlets (microphone inputs, headphone outputs, Line and AES I/Os), the internal audio system also offers interfaces to digital multi-channel formats such as MADI, ADAT and IEEE 1394 Firewire.

Three fixed-frame configurations with 12, 18 and 24 faders are also available, both variants having motorized channel faders available as an option. Large illuminated pushbuttons allow access to the main channel functions, editable via the 12” color TFT touch screen.

Integration with Studer’s Call Management System (CMS) is seamless, which allows caller names to be dynamically displayed as fader channel labels, while further integration of radio automation systems is easily accomplished using the Monitora protocol via serial interface or TCP/IP.

The OnAir 2500 can also support I/O Sharing via Studer’s proprietary networked technology STUDER RELINK, allowing the OnAir 2500 to share audio signals with other Studer consoles including the OnAir 3000 and Studer Vista Series.

For such a compact package, the Studer OnAir 2500 offers unrivalled flexibility and operational ease.

Friday, April 17, 2009

ET Quake Multimedia Rocks Nigeria’s “House On The Rock” With JBL VERTEC® Powered Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In a house of worship installation that showcases the easy configuration capabilities of JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Nigerian systems integration firm ET Quake Multimedia recently upgraded the audio system at The Refuge in Abuja, Nigeria, a branch of the Lagos-based House on the Rock Church. UK-based independent consultant Roland Hemming provided system design assistance, relying on the superior performance characteristics of VERTEC® DP Series powered line arrays with JBL DrivePack™ technology to provide the facility with a clear, powerful full-bandwidth sound reinforcement system.

Built in 1999, The Refuge is one of 40 House on the Rock worship sites and mission facilities in Nigeria. Pastor GoodHeart Obi C. Ekwueme leads The Refuge, which acts as a springboard for strategic ministry operations in northern Nigeria and beyond. As the evangelical organization has expanded, so has its need for improved, high-performance audio systems for its churches.


The Refuge’s new main PA system features two arrays in a left-right configuration, each containing 10 JBL VT4887ADP-AN powered compact line array elements, and three JBL VT4880A ultra-long excursion, dual 18-inch arrayable subwoofers. Using onboard amplification and digital signal processing technology designed in cooperation with Crown and dbx, each JBL VT4887ADP-AN compact line array loudspeaker contains a DP-2 DrivePack, providing 2,200 watts peak (1,100W continuous) output power. With suspension hardware including quick-release pins and end-mounted metal frames to couple adjacent units together in rigid but flexible arrays, the VERTEC loudspeakers helped simplify the installation process. “The VERTEC line arrays were a very good fit for this project,” Hemming said. “They were easy to configure and the actual installation of the loudspeakers, with all the rigging, took less than a day.”

Complementing the main line array system are eight JBL AC28/95 loudspeakers dispersed throughout the worship space as delay fills. A total of 16 VRX915M stage monitors are available to serve the venue’s performance-based worship services. Crown MA12000i and MA5000i amplifiers power the loudspeaker elements not equipped with JBL DrivePacks, while the system also features a Soundcraft MH3 mixing console at the front of house position. Signal processing is achieved with dbx DriveRack 4800 Loudspeaker Management Systems, and a variety of AKG microphones round out the new system installation.

For more information on ET Quake Multimedia, please visit www.etquakemultimedia.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall For Performing Arts Upgrades To BSS™ Audio Soundweb™ London

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In a fixed installation that raises the bar for audio signal processing and distribution, The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, one of the premier performing arts centers on the East Coast, commissioned sound integration firm Acme Professional to install a BSS Audio Soundweb London system.

Verizon Hall is a 2,800-seat grand performance hall that serves as the home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, and also hosts many high-profile music artists spanning all spectrums of music. Many technical systems including automated acoustical elements accommodate a wide range of events, including major performances, HD television program production and awards shows.

The aging audio signal processing and distribution system in Verizon Hall was replaced with a BSS Audio Soundweb London system as a means to significantly improve audio performance for a modest cost. “We wanted to deploy a system that would significantly improve audio quality in the hall, and provide a more robust network,” remarked Pete Cosmos, president of Acme Professional.

The new BSS Audio system consists of three Soundweb London BLU-80 and two BLU-32 devices, and one BLU-10 touch-screen programmable controller. The house audio system consists of multiple house mix drive-line inputs and (32) output stems to drive the installed loudspeaker systems and many fill loudspeakers located throughout the four tiers of seating areas. Working with David Conner, director of house audio at the Kimmel Center, Acme developed a design that allowed a seamless switchover to the new Soundweb London system. “The upgrade to Soundweb London exceeded our expectations and is highly recommended where multiple, aligned speaker systems are required in a critical audio environment. A big improvement in fidelity was achieved at a modest cost,” stated Conner.

Flexibility was another primary reason to choose Soundweb London. A BLU-10 programmable controller provides many modes of audio system operation required for the various types of events produced by the Kimmel Center. “Since the hall is used for unamplified major orchestral concerts, the motorized loudspeaker cluster can disappear, raising up into the tech attic via motorized doors located in the main acoustical canopy over the stage. A concealed announcement system is still required for such events, which involves complete re-timing of all concealed loudspeakers. This was easily achieved with the Soundweb London system and the BLU-10 touch-screen controller,” added Cosmos.

“Even the timing and phase improvements of the new processing and audio network were immediately noticeable,” added Conner.

“With announcements, musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra commented they thought a completely new audio system was installed, even while sitting on the stage behind the systems,” stated Cosmos.

“The new Soundweb London devices provide us a new degree of flexibility and reliability in what is a demanding performance environment,” said David Thiele, vice president at the Kimmel Center.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

IPR Services And JBL VERTEC® Powered Line Arrays Give Sound To The Stars At New Club Nokia In Los Angeles

Demonstrating the ease of installation and precision coverage of JBL VERTEC® line arrays, IPR Services of Hacienda Heights, California, recently completed the design and installation of the audio system at the new critically-acclaimed Club Nokia performance venue in Los Angeles.

Club Nokia is part of AEG’s $2.5 billion LA Live complex, located adjacent to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The venue was designed to showcase emerging music acts, established artists and cultural productions while also providing an appropriate function space for corporate events and private parties. Operated by Goldenvoice, AEG Live’s southern California-based regional division, Club Nokia opened on November 9, 2008, with Beck and Jenny Lewis performing for a capacity crowd of 2,300 people.

Since its opening, the venue has served a broad range of performing artists including Prince, Tom Jones, George Clinton and Primal Scream, while also serving as a late night, A-list after-party destination for nearby events like the recent grand opening of the GRAMMY® Museum at LA Live. Upcoming concert performers at Club Nokia include India.Arie, Third Day, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley. “We needed a really versatile sound system in this room, able to handle everything from heavy metal bands to spoken-word engagements such as comedy acts and business events,” observed Jennie Perkins, Production Manager for Club Nokia. “It’s great to have a resource in place here that can accommodate our ongoing calendar of presented events.”

Given the architectural configuration of the performance space, IPR Principal Bob Patrick designed a line array system to meet the acoustic challenges of the venue. With a relatively shallow audience area, no music fan is far from the action on stage. “Club Nokia is an intimate room, but nonetheless it features a lower balcony, upper balcony and sloped floor seating,” Patrick said. “Because of this, we specifically configured different sections of the main arrays to effectively cover each of these seating areas.”

The primary installed sound reinforcement system features two columns in a left-right configuration, each containing 10 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP-AN midsize powered line array elements equipped with JBL DrivePack™ technology and JBL’s new V4 DSP presets. The speaker columns each include four VT4882DP-AN midsize arrayable subwoofers, integrated into the center of the full-range arrays to separate floor-coverage and balcony-coverage array elements. For added low-frequency impact, JBL ASB6128 2x18” subwoofers are hidden beneath the stage. Six VRX932LA constant-curvature compact array speakers provide under-balcony delay, with AM6212 speakers providing additional localized area coverage.

The decision to install VERTEC line arrays at Club Nokia was rooted in IPR Services’ successful experiences with VERTEC in other high-profile entertainment venues. “We have used VERTEC line arrays for a variety of installations in the past, including the larger Nokia Theatre right next door and the WaMu Theater at Qwest Event Center in Seattle,” Patrick added. “We have found the VERTEC speakers to be very lightweight, making them easier to install. They can also handle a lot of power with no sacrifice in clarity. They are the ideal line array for this venue.”

For more information on IPR Services, please visit www.iprservices.com

Acoustic Dimensions Turns To JBL Loudspeakers For New Worship System At Prestonwood Baptist Church North

Acoustic Dimensions recently completed the design and commissioning of a JBL VERTEC® line array system at a new Prestonwood Baptist Church location in Prosper, Texas. Designed to accommodate a variety of musical performers and video presentations, Prestonwood Baptist Church North seats 1,500 and complements the main Prestonwood Baptist worship facility, located 17 miles to the south in Plano.

Having previously designed the acoustics and sound systems for the main Prestonwood worship space, Acoustic Dimensions designed the entire audio/video/lighting system at Prestonwood North. According to Jim Burdette of Acoustic Dimensions, the construction of Prestonwood North marked a natural step forward in the evolution in Prestonwood’s worship style. “The main worship space in Plano was built in 2000 and they’ve gradually moved towards a more contemporary worship style without taking it too far,” said Jim Burdette of Acoustic Dimensions. “They wanted to go further with that style in this new space, to have a more intimate, more acoustically controlled room that lends itself to more contemporary worship.”

With the knowledge that the size and scope of the Prestonwood North sanctuary called for a smaller-scale line array, Acoustic Dimensions orchestrated a comparative listening test including several different options, to help the church’s audio staff choose the appropriate loudspeaker model for the space. “We held the test at the main church and simulated the seating plane to resemble Prestonwood North,” Burdette said. “The JBL VERTEC line arrays were the clear preference of the client.”

Acoustic Dimensions designed a left-right arrangement of JBL VERTEC VT4887A compact bi-amplified 3-way high directivity line array elements, designed to cover 80 percent of the center seating section. Featuring JBL’s advanced technology Differential Drive® loudspeaker components, each VT4887A includes JBL’s patented Radiation Boundary Integrator® (RBI) and a pair of annular ring radiators for smooth adjacent-bandpass integration and extended high frequency performance. “There is a noticeable clarity in the VT4887A loudspeakers, and the high-frequency response is really nice,” Burdette noted. Additionally, JBL PD (Precision Directivity™) Series loudspeakers were installed outside each of the line arrays in the wide listening space, to address outer seating area coverage.

To support the system’s low-frequency performance, Acoustic Dimensions designed custom subwoofer arrays including three JBL ASB6128 enclosures per side in a cardioid configuration next to each main line array, as well as two ASB6128 subs installed in a cavity below the stage. “We spent a good bit of time working through the placement of the cardioid sub arrays since the roof was in close proximity above, and the proscenium walls at a spaced distance behind. We did many calculations and models to figure out the right placement to achieve the correct directivity,” Burdette said. “When we’re evaluating subwoofers, we not only look at the specs and sonics, but also how well we can integrate and tune them, as well as which models best suit a particular room design. For us, these JBL subwoofers were an excellent fit for the application.”

For more information on Acoustic Dimensions, please visit www.acousticdimensions.com or call 972.239.1505.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Harman Pro Danish Distribution Switches To New Lydrommet Operation

Norwegian pro audio company sets up in Arhus

NORTHRIDGE, California – Harman Pro today announced that their Danish distribution will now be with a new company, set up by their long-serving Norwegian resellers, LydRommet A/S. The newly-formed operation commenced trading on April 1st and will take up occupancy of a new 1200 sq. meter facility in Arhus effective from May 1st. LydRommet Denmark is majority-owned by LydRommet (under the proprietorship of Joachim Wille) and Flemming Bjerke, the company’s high-profile executive director.

The move follows the demise of the previous Harman Pro distributor in Denmark. Seasoned industry veterans have been incorporated into the new staff set up, including Mogens Nørgaard, who will handle pro sales, and Helle Scherfeldt, who will head installation sales. Flemming Bjerke, who relocates from the company’s Oslo base will be responsible for business and pro audio is key to the operation.

“The dream of expanding into a neighboring territory had always been an ambition if not an active strategy of mine,” said Bjerke.
“I relish the challenge. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the Harman Pro brands since the early days and this is one of the reasons for us being chosen to represent the company in Denmark.”

“Several interested parties, submitted business plans,” said Scott Robbins, Vice President of Sales, Harman Professional,” but the proposal put forward by LydRommet, we believed, offered the best service to customers in Denmark and the best representation of the brands. LydRommet have enjoyed a long association with Soundcraft and have been a full Harman Pro distributor for at least five years.”

However, there were issues that needed to be addressed before the appointment was confirmed, notably that Norway is not a member of the European Union. “LydRommet setting up a brand new operation solved this problem. However it was, at the same time, appealing to us,” said Robbins.

Bjerke also noted the trading differentials between the two countries, stating that Denmark’s closer proximity to Europe meant that the market needed to be much more price competitive. He believes Denmark will offer increased high-end installation opportunities, which will enable them to create greater exposure for the Harman Pro portfolio.

“This is a challenge we will meet head on,” said Bjerke. “Our focus will be on sales and logistics and our goal is to become a national point of competence for the Danish pro audio market. We will fully support all existing sales and installations with a staffing level that will be expanding rapidly. We will draw on the experience of Norway but it is important to remember that this is a Danish company and will function as such.”

Lydrommet A/S will start shipping products from all seven Harman Pro brands (excluding Studer) in late April.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Legendary Guitarist Jennifer Batten Relies on DigiTech To Deliver Show Stopping Performances

For guitarist Jennifer Batten, there is no stage too large. A veteran of three world tours with Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck, Batten has performed with music’s biggest stars. She has been in bands playing everything from straight rock, metal, fusion, to funk. Add on three solo albums to her credit and it is easy to see why Batten is known as one of the best in the business. While the music has certainly changed over the years, one constant since 1991 has been Batten’s use of DigiTech equipment.

“The first DigiTech product I fell in love with was the Whammy™ pedal. I’m looking for convenience, flexibility and durability in my equipment. When you’re on tour you need your gear to be lightweight so I need to have an all-in-one board that I can use anywhere, plus I’ve never had a DigiTech product break on me,” stated Batten. “I’ve also used the GNX Guitar Workstation® for years and just recently began using the RP1000 for my current tour. The RP1000 is great for me because there’s no fussing with a ton of cables, I love having everything in one unit.”

For Batten, DigiTech is now a part of the sound she creates. “I use several of the DigiTech specific sounds like the Yaya™, the Clean Swell, and of course the Whammy pedal set to bend a step down. Ultimately DigiTech is always giving me constant improvements and innovations which I really like.”

For an aspiring guitarist Batten feels DigiTech products can be beneficial for them as well. “When you’re just beginning you want something that is very intuitive that you can get playing and experimenting with right away. The GNX Workstation and RP Series Pedals are great as well because you can grow with them.”

Batten shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule for 2009; she is hitting the road in promotion of her newest critically acclaimed album, and of course will continue to rock out with the help of DigiTech.

To learn more about Jennifer Batten you can visit her website http://www.batten.com/.

Firehouse Uses JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays With Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers To Provide Legendary Sound For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

In a star-studded evening showcasing some of the most accomplished artists in rock and roll history, Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions provided a VERTEC® line array system with Crown I-Tech HD power amplification for live sound reinforcement at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 4. This year’s event took place in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and commemorated the inductions of artists such as Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Bobby Womack, Run DMC and Metallica.

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony was broadcast live on the Fuse network. In addition to performances by several of the inductees, the event included high-profile rock industry presenters like Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Flea and Smokey Robinson. With top-tier mixing engineers on hand like Tony Blanc, Dan Gerhard, ‘Big Mick’ Hughes (Metallica) and Greg Bess (Jeff Beck), the Firehouse audio team needed to provide a system capable of delivering high-fidelity audio with predictable coverage characteristics and maximum output power capabilities, without compromise.

For the event, Firehouse deployed a PA system that consisted of 16 VERTEC VT4889 large-format line array elements and 12 VT4880A ultra long excursion arrayable subwoofers per side, with five additional VT4889’s comprising a center cluster. Firehouse set up an additional eight VT4887 compact line array elements per side for off-stage coverage, four VT4887’s for front fill, and four floor-located VT4880 subwoofers. Firehouse’s new Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers powered the system, which also relied on Crown and JBL’s new V4 DSP presets, developed specifically to take advantage of Crown’s new LevelMAX™ multi-stage limiting in the HD amps.

According to Mark Dittmar of Firehouse Productions, the Public Auditorium posed some rigging challenges. “We had to do a large number of spanner trusses to support the PA system and cabling in this venue,” he said. “As with all TV shows, designing a PA that will cover the whole room, deliver superb sound quality and not show up in any of the camera shots is a major challenge.”

With this in mind, Dittmar noted that VERTEC was an ideal solution for the event. “The light weight of the VERTEC line arrays and the ability to tightly wrap the PA and aim it down at extreme angles is very useful in designing and installing the system,” he said. “The fact that it sounds great makes its use a no-brainer.”

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is a continuation of Firehouse’s longtime reliance on VERTEC line arrays for a variety of major live sound events. “VERTEC has been our speaker of choice for all TV and special events over the past eight years,” Dittmar noted. “It is light and very flexible in its rigging options. The sound quality has always made our clients and engineers very happy. From VH-1 Storytellers with only eight VERTEC loudspeakers to Live Earth at Giants Stadium with more than 200, VERTEC has been with us the whole way.”

The new Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers feature a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS Audio called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. “This was our first major live sound event utilizing I-Tech HD,” Dittmar added. “There is a big increase in power output of the amplifiers, and coupled with the new V4 DSP presets we had approximately 6dB more volume than we had before. Ultimately, the I-Tech HD gives us more power and clarity than we thought possible. The new limiters on I-Tech HD are excellent as well. They are far more efficient than anything else we have seen.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit www.firehouseproductions.com or call 845-758-9898.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

V&P Sound PVT. Ltd. Select Soundcraft MH2 and MH3 Analog Consoles For Rock Ethos 2009

V&P Sound PVT. Ltd. recently deployed a pair of Soundcraft MH2 and MH3 analog consoles at the annual Rock Ethos music festival in Bangalore, India on March 14th-15th. The MH’s delivered an outstanding sonic performance to the outdoor venue as well as tremendous versatility to the sound engineers.

The engineers of V&P Sound have mixed several events exclusively on the digital Soundcraft Vi6™, however this year’s Rock Ethos festival consisted of many independent engineers who did not have previous experience of mixing on the Vi6 so Director of V&P Sound, Vishnu deployed the more familiar MH2 and MH3 analog consoles for Rock Ethos 2009.

The MH2 performed beautifully at the monitor position and the outstanding performance at Rock Ethos reinforced the analog consoles capabilities of mixing live sound events. “The aux sends have plenty of output to drive the monitors to the proper levels and above all, the MH2 has the amazing classic British EQ,” said Mallesh, Monitor Engineer, V&P Sound.

The versatile capabilities of the Soundcraft MH3 console are ideally suited for both FOH and monitor use. “The Soundcraft MH3 has one of the best gain structures among analog consoles and the easy set-up, logical layout of matrix routing, mute groups and VCAs allowed the engineers to work fast and efficiently at Rock Ethos,” commented Vishnu. “We also would like thank Cinetekk (Mr. Varadhan Swamy) for all their support to us for Harman Pro products.”

‘West Side Story’ and Studer Vista 5 Hit Broadway To Great Acclaim

The highly anticipated production of ‘West Side Story’ recently opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway with a Studer Vista 5 digital console providing outstanding audio quality and versatility to the production. The iconic production makes its return to Broadway after a 29-year absence and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier and his associates selected the Vista 5 for its extensive capabilities and outstanding audio quality.

Dan Moses Schreier has been using Studer products for many years and he has also been the sound designer for Broadway productions such as ‘Julius Caesar’ starring Denzel Washington as well as ‘The Tempest’ starring Patrick Stewart. Schreier initially intended mixing ‘West Side Story’ on an analog desk, however he immediately chose the Vista 5 after interacting with the board’s capabilities.

Schreier comments on the decision to deploy the Studer console. “The Vistonics™ interface was a huge factor in selecting the console. Many digital consoles feel like you are mixing off a computer monitor and what is terrific about the Vistonics interface is that it feels more like an analog console in the sense that you always see what you need to see at the channel strip.” Moses continues, “In the theater when things are happening fast and in the moment, this makes it easy to make corrections or find problems with great ease. But ultimately, it is the sound of the console that determined my decision.”

Schreier continues to discuss the benefits of the Vista 5 as well as the Vistonics and user interface. “The Vistonics interface has a very logical feel and enables engineers to build and construct a show, whether setting up input/output layouts, or dealing with auxes, and matrices. The ease of selecting EQ , compression, gates or panning makes the interface very easy for the operator to use. Once selected, controlling the parameters of the various functions is remarkably straightforward and ‘analog’ like. The contribute function is also extremely useful when troubleshooting issues on a very complex show.”

‘West Side Story’ is an elaborate project for a production crew due to the size of the performance. There are 48 wireless microphones for the actors/dancers, 30 musicians in the orchestra with 62 microphones and 81 speakers. There is enormous pressure to recreate the popular songs of ‘West Side Story’ and the need to get all the balances right makes it very difficult. Moses comments, “It's like mixing The Beatles' Abbey Road live every night, with everyone expecting it to sound just like the album.”

“The Vista 5 handles the demands of the show with great transparency and ease. The compact size of the console and the clarity of its layout made the size of the show extremely manageable. But ultimately, it comes down to how the show sounds and this production of ‘West Side Story’ sounds fantastic,” concludes Schreier.

The enthusiasm for the Vista shown by Schreier and others has prompted Studer to develop further theater-specific features to help with the production workflow. A new software version for Vista, V4.2, was launched at the Pro Light & Sound show in Frankfurt and includes facilities for enhanced cue lists, character/actor libraries and events, VCA/Mute assignments and dynamic automation. Furthermore, Virtual Vista, a PC-based offline/online editor is now available which allows designers to check and setup the sound at any point within a venue, and even control the desk in parallel with the surface. Visit www.studer.ch for more information.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Soundcraft Upgrades Successful Lexicon-Equipped Mixers

Soundcraft has taken the already successful MPM and MFX Series of mixers and given them both hardware and audio performance upgrades.

The new Soundcraft mixers, known as the MFXi and MPMi Series (emphasizing the high input count on each), build on the strength of the original range by using vertically mounted PCBs with the control pots being nutted to the front panel. This not only increases the rigidity of the mixer and gives a firm operating feel, but also aids servicing should it ever be required. As part of this review, all aspects of new the layouts were reviewed taking into account customer feedback over the past 18 months and this has yielded many other subtle but significant improvements to the layout, graphics and operation when compared to the original consoles

The MFXi has integral Lexicon effects, something that only Soundcraft are able to offer. Using the same AudioDNA® processor featured in many of the Digitech® and Lexicon® outboard products including the­­ highly respected Lexicon MX400, which provides the finest quality effects ever found in a console at this price level. The mixers boast 32 effects presets, a user settings store function, 3 parameter controls and a tap tempo mode. These effects have been optimized for integration within the console to provide the lowest noise floor and to deliver the best sound.

Both the MFXi and MPMi provide two group busses, three aux sends, (two auxes and one FX send on the MFXi model) and two stereo input channels. The MPMi is available with 12 or 20 mic inputs, giving a maximum mix input capacity of 18 or 26 inputs, while the MFXi is offered in 3 frame-sizes with 8, 12 or 20 mic inputs, these having a mix capacity of 16, 20 or 28 inputs..

Soundcraft has taken the hardware development opportunity to fine-tune the audio design and to further enhance the audio performance of the mixers, further improving key specifications including noise and distortion performance.

What is unique about both new models, and a feature that will be appreciated by many, is the provision of a slot on the chassis which accepts a standard Kensington® laptop computer cable lock, meaning that your mixer can be secured in a venue, installation or retail display.

The combination of a wide range of features and world leading Lexicon effects, and smallest footprint of any comparable console, makes the Soundcraft MPMi and MFXi mixers the perfect solution for many venues including theatres, small music venues, restaurants and houses of worship.

The 12-channel versions are now supplied with rack mount ears included, while these are available as an option for the 8 and 20 channel MFXi model.

Soundcraft, Studer And Optocore Partner For Control Of Optocore Mic Preamps Over Network

Initially announced at last year’s Pro Light & Sound, the partnership between Soundcraft, Studer and Optocore is bearing rich fruit as the companies develop further features for the interface between Soundcraft and Studer consoles and the Optocore fibre network. Last year, Optocore and Soundcraft Studer co-developed the DD2FE network MADI interface that allowed Studer Vista and Soundcraft Vi Series consoles to transmit up to 128 input and 128 output channels of audio over an Optocore network.

The teams have now announced that using the Optocore DD2FE, Soundcraft Vi Series consoles and Studer Vista consoles are now able to remotely control the microphone preamplifiers in the Optocore LX4AP stagebox, which features 48 mic inputs. This has been enabled through Optocore’s integration of the Studer D21m I/O system control protocol into their topology. Vi Series and Vista consoles can already remotely control the preamps in their own stageboxes over the network, allowing multiple consoles and stageboxes to be interconnected with full redundancy.

The ability to remotely control stagebox gains over the Optocore fibre network is a major advantage for users, giving that extra degree of flexibility and gain control over the relevant parts of an installed system, particularly in Theatres.

For more information, contact Soundcraft (www.soundcraft.com ), Studer, (www.studer.ch ) or Optocore (www.optocore.com )

AKG Launches C 214 Stereo Set Offering Maximum Consistency And Accurate Localization For Stunning, Three-Dimensional Recordings

Demonstrating the outstanding performance value and versatility of the C 214 microphone, AKG today launched the C 214 Stereo Set today at NAMM. The rugged construction of the C 214 delivers a highly detailed and accurate sound not only in the studio, but on the road as well. The introduction of the Stereo Set provides users with a complete solution that delivers outstanding performance and excellent quality from a pair of C 214’s.

“Realistic stereo recordings require microphones with outstanding performance and excellent quality,” comments Thomas Stubics, Product Marketing Manager for Recording and Broadcast at AKG. “It also requires performance consistency and accurate localization from the pair of microphones. Therefore, every factory-matched pair of C 214’s is created from thousands of individual microphones selected by AKG's sophisticated computer-aided matching method and the result is the highest possible correlation over the whole frequency range and virtually identical sensitivity for stunning, 3-dimensional recordings.“

The C 214 is a cost effective alternative to the revolutionary C 414 and is capable of handling the rigors of high-pressure sound, such as amplified guitars, with sensitivity perfect for voice and orchestral instruments as well. The C 214 boasts the highest dynamic range in its class and features a low cut switch enabling operation in low phantom power voltages from 12 to 48 volts.

Additional features include 156 dB SPL capability, an integrated suspension, double mesh grill and high RF immunity. The circuitry in the C 214 provides maximum SPL capability with minimum noise and the XLR-type output connector offers loss-free signals.

Commenting on the C 214 is Grammy Award Nominee, Hal Winer, owner of BiCoastal Music. “I've been using the C 214’s regularly and I absolutely love them! I've used them for a wide range of recording applications and I find them especially great for jazz kick drum. It's been very difficult to find a microphone to represent that small and tight sound that a jazz kick has and the C 214 is absolutely the best microphone I’ve ever used in that application. Piano, voice and guitar amp applications have been equally successful."

Hal Winer has produced records for world-renowned artists including Rob Thomas, Björk, Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Levin, John Patitucci and Mike Stern. "They have become my ‘go to’ microphone for almost everything and I keep them mounted on stands for regular use," said Winer.

Accompanying a pair of C 214’s, the Stereo Set includes spider-type shock mounts, stand adapters, windscreens, and a stereo pair certificate for authenticity.