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New IP Workflows Take Centre Stage In Eight Different Countries as Axon PRE-NABSHOW TOUR 2020 Hits The Road Posted: 20/02/2020
New IP Workflows Take Centre Stage In Eight Different Countries as Axon and rsquo;s PRE-NABSHOW TOUR 2020 Hits The Road

Axon’s proven Neuron IP processing and Cerebrum control & monitoring technology will be demonstrated with equipment from EVS, Sony, Arista, Calrec and Meinberg during this 22-day Outside Broadcast truck tour.

The Axon PRE-NABSHOW TOUR 2020, which runs across 16 locations in eight different European countries, kicks off on March 2nd. It allows broadcasters to experience tomorrow’s workflows by getting on board today. The products demonstrated on the truck will be exactly the same as those on display at Axon’s booth at NAB, so this will also provide a perfect opportunity for people who are not going to Las Vegas to get up-close and personal with Axon’s solutions.

For further information about the tour and to access a full schedule, please follow this link: https://www.axon.tv/knowledge/axon-pre-nab-tour-2020/

 

Tags: Axon Digital Design | Sony | EVS | Arista | Calrec | Pre-NABSHOW 2020 Tour | IP workflows | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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Top Sound Designer Matt McCamley Insists on PMC Monitoring For His Studio Posted: 17/02/2020
Top Sound Designer Matt McCamley Insists on PMC Monitoring For His Studio

Sound Designer Matt McCamley has installed a 5.1 surround sound system based on PMC result6 compact nearfield monitors at Focus Audio, his studio in Brisbane, Australia.

“They definitely sound like PMC's, and not a PMC 'Light' series, that’s for sure,” he says. “A lot of manufacturers claim their monitors are being honest and translate to the real world, but there aren't too many around that can back-up that claim. PMC can.”

McCamley specialises in Sound Design for the computer games industry, working for both AAA and Independent publishers. After 10 years in the UK where he was an in-house Senior Sound Designer at Rocksteady Studios (London), Ninja Theory (Cambridge) and Creative Assembly (Horsham), McCamley returned to Australia and set up Focus Audio, a games audio outsourcing company. Recent projects include sound design for Total War: 3 Kingdoms and the upcoming Troy. He has also worked on franchises such as Devil May Cry, Alien and Batman, as well as multiple Total Wars and new IP's.

Tags: PMC Speakers | result6 monitors | surround sound | computer games audio | sound design | Matt McCamley
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Composer Steve Kilpatrick Makes AMS Neve The Centrepiece Of His Manchester Studio Posted: 11/02/2020
Composer Steve Kilpatrick Makes AMS Neve The Centrepiece Of His Manchester Studio

Composer and producer Steve Kilpatrick has made an AMS Neve 8816 16-channel summing mixer a central part of his new studio in Manchester, where he provides bespoke music for film, TV and radio projects.

Best known for his compositions for the Resident Evil 6 and Racoon City trailers, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 dramas Amazing Grace and Cottonopolis, Kilpatrick’s music has been broadcast around the globe, including on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, MTV and VH-1. His opera Flight Paths was commissioned as part of the 2012 London Olympics celebrations and he also composed the music for the feature film A Coven of Evil.

Kilpatrick, who owns Soundfrackery Productions, says incorporating a hand-built and hand-wired Neve 8816 into his new studio was a ‘no brainer’ from the moment he started planning it.

“I wanted a bit of kit with mojo, which is what attracted me to the unit in the first place,” he explains. “But what made the 8816 stand out amongst the other summing mixers was that it had monitor control and headphone monitoring covered, without my having to purchase further separate units.”

Once he had the Neve 8816 in his set up, all Kilpatrick had to do was add a Neve 8804 fader pack that allows channel and main audio levels to be controlled by faders. Everything he records now passes through the units, which he says have become an essential part of his workflow.

 

Tags: AMS Neve | Steve Kilpatrick | Neve 8816 Summing Mixer | Film Composer | Resident Evil 6
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The Taipei Jazz Orchestra Delivers Exuberant Performances With Help From DPA Microphones Posted: 31/01/2020
The Taipei Jazz Orchestra Delivers Exuberant Performances With Help From DPA Microphones

The Taipei Jazz Orchestra is ensuring the best audio quality for audiences,by using various DPA microphones, such as the company’s versatile 4099 Instrument Microphones, to amplify its sound.

“We have been working with DPA for several years now,” says Mr. A-Fu Kao, the Orchestra’s audio engineer and General Manager of record label Just Music. “We really love the sound characteristics of DPA products because they are so natural.”

The Orchestra has recently been experimenting with DPA’s recently launched 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Microphone, which provides the same sonic qualities as the CORE 4099 Instrument Microphone but was designed specifically to capture dynamic choir sound.

The Orchestra gave the microphone a thorough testing on Christmas Eve when it played a Swing Christmas concert at the Taipei Zhong Hall. The concert featured a choir of children singing popular Christmas songs and Mr. Kao was keen to ensure that their vocals were not drowned out by the much louder instruments.

“The 4097’s supercardioid pattern provided a very clear sound with high gain before feedback, which minimized the sound from off axis,” he explains. “This is very helpful, especially in venues where the acoustics are bad. The microphone sounded amazing and worked perfectly, allowing us to capture the natural sound of the choir.”

For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Tags: DPA Microphones | 4097 Choir Microphone | Taipei Jazz Orchestra
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LIPA Installs A Neve Genesys Console As Part Of Its Ongoing Upgrade Plan Posted: 29/01/2020
LIPA Installs A Neve Genesys Console As Part Of Its Ongoing Upgrade Plan

LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) has installed an AMS Neve Genesys G32 console with GenesysControl into Studio 1, a compact facility that is primarily used to teach music tracking, overdubbing and mixing to students on its Sound Technology degree courses.

Adding the new console was the main part of the upgrade and this was done to ensure students have access to the most up to date technology incorporating the latest techniques and trends.

“We chose a Neve Genesys G32 console because we wanted something fundamentally analogue in terms of its signal path, but also something that integrated well with modern workflows,” says Jon Thornton, Head of Sound Technology at LIPA. “As we already have a large format SSL Duality in the George Martin Studio next door, we thought that we should really have a contrast, both in terms of sonics and approach. The Genesys fitted the bill perfectly and gives us plenty of channels in the footprint we have available.”

For more information please visit: http://www.ams-neve.com

Tags: AMS Neve | Neve Genesys Console | LIPA | Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
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Carlos Rodgarman Adds Prestige To His Studio By Installing A Genesys Black Posted: 20/01/2020
Carlos Rodgarman Adds Prestige To His Studio By Installing A Genesys Black

Los Angeles based producer and composer Carlos Rodgarman has installed an AMS Neve Genesys Black console in is private studio in Los Angeles.

Within months of installing the G16 desk, Rodgarman was so impressed by its power, flexibility and the way it streamlined his workflow that he upgraded to a G48 by adding a 16 channel expansion module. He also took the opportunity install the Neve GenesysControl Plugin and Neve 88R EQ hardware.

“To say I am blown away by this console is an understatement,” Rodgarman says. “The combination of Genesys Black and GenesysControl has completely revolutionised the way I work. I get all the benefits of Neve’s fabulous analogue EQ and dynamics without having to sacrifice any of the convenience of working ‘in the box’. It is transformative – just saying I have a Neve console is impressive because my clients understand the brand’s audio quality and pedigree.”

Originally from Spain, Rodgarman moved to America 18 years ago to pursue a career as a musician. As a talented pianist, he worked with many artists including Celine Dion, All-4-One, Prince Royce, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E, La India and many more. He is also in demand as a producer, arranger, musical director and programmer and now spends most of his time in the studio, where he has worked with artists such as Juan Gabriel, Beto Cuevas, Jenni Rivera, producer Humberto Gatica, Laura Bretan, Cristian Castro, Isabel Pantoja, Antonio Carmona and Oskar Cartaya, whose latest project was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Composing music for advertising agencies with partner David Weisberg and film and television projects is also slotted in around his music clients and his own projects, which he releases under the name of The RodgarBand.

 

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Funky Junk Italy Enjoys Sales Success With AMS Neve Technology Posted: 20/01/2020
Funky Junk Italy Enjoys Sales Success With AMS Neve Technology

AMS Neve’s Exclusive Dealer for Italy Funky Junk Italy has installed the country’s first Neve Genesys Black G64 console in LG Studio Modena, bringing the number of Genesys consoles installed in Italy in 2019 to four. The studio, which is owned by producer Gabriele Ferrini, already had a Neve Genesys Black G32 console but upgraded to a G64 by adding a 16 channel extension.

There is also huge Italian demand for AMS Neve’s 1073DPA Dual Mic Preamp, which is easily the most successful piece of outboard equipment in Funky Junk Italy’s catalogue. This cost-effective, 1U stereo rackmount solution features two legendary 1073 microphone preamps and exclusive Neve Marinair™ transformers on the input and output stages.

At the recent NAMM convention in California, Funky Junk Italy Director Paolo Orizio placed an order for a 20 AMS Neve 1073DPA units, which will be distributed among pro audio dealers throughout Italy.

 

Tags: AMS Neve | Funky Junk Italy | Genesys Black Console
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The Neutrality of DPA Microphones Helps Capture Pianist Helena Basilova Rich, Velvety Sound Posted: 13/01/2020
The Neutrality of DPA Microphones Helps Capture Pianist Helena Basilova and rsquo;s Rich, Velvety Sound

Producer and engineer Brendon Heinst used DPA’s 4006A omnidirectional microphones to capture the rich sound that is the hallmark of Dutch/Russian classical pianist Helena Basilova.

Fearing the microphones he already owned were too ‘bright’ for the task, Heinst switched to a 5006A Surround Kit consisting of five 4006A microphones, which are carefully factory-matched so that their already low standard tolerances are even closer – within ±0.5 dB. Heinst positioned these next to the piano in the style of a traditional Decca Tree, but with different dimensions based on a variant of the Tree that he had perfected while studying for a Masters in Audio Engineering at Utrecht School of Arts & Technology.

“My experience of using the 4006As on this recording was so good that I was pretty much sold from there,” Heinst says. “The sound is very, very transparent and neutral, yet it's surprisingly musical as well. There's a certain natural relaxedness to them compared to the microphones I was previously using, and this wasn’t only obvious to an audio engineer. Basically, every musician we've recorded since has noticed the difference between my old microphones and the DPAs, and vote in favour of the DPAs.”

Based in Utrecht, Brendon Heinst is a co-founder of TRPTK, a production company with its own recording, mixing and mastering studio and record label. Established in 2014, the company is now operated by Heinst, Maya Fridman (who is also an artist on the label) and Ben van Leliveld.

Since investing in a 5006A Surround Kit for the Helena Basilova recordings, Brendon Heinst has used it for a number of other projects including a recording of Telemann’s long-lost Fantasias for viola da gamba featuring Dutch viola da gamba player, Ralph Rousseau.

Tags: DPA Microphones | 4006A Microphones | Helena Basilova | Brendo Heinst | TRPTK
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AMS Neve Launches A New Hardware Version of The Iconic RMX16 Posted: 13/01/2020
AMS Neve Launches A New Hardware Version of The Iconic RMX16

Nearly 40 years since making its debut, the iconic AMS RMX16 Digital Reverberation System has been relaunched in hardware format as part of AMS Neve’s popular rack mounted 500 Series.

The RMX16 500 Digital Reverb Module delivers all the musicality of its famous predecessor, but at a fraction of the price. Furthermore, this new unit incorporates the nine programmes that came as standard with the original AMS RMX16, PLUS the nine rare aftermarket programs that were only available to users via a remote control with bar code reader input.

“We are very excited to be bringing back the much loved and instantly recognizable sound that made the original AMS RMX16 everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ reverb,” says AMS Neve’s Distribution Manager David Walton. “Its unique sound has characterized an enormous number of seminal recordings from the 1980s onwards. Indeed, the AMS RMX16 has remained such an essential piece of kit for any self-respecting world-class studio that vintage units still sell for a substantial proportion of their original cost.”

The new RMX16 500 comes in a 3-slot wide format and retails at USD1,295/GBP995 making it a much more affordable proposition for a far wider user base. It is simple to operate with 18 factory programs including the unmistakeable Ambience, Nonlin and Reverse, simulating different reverberant environments, with the ability to control all parameters.

visit www.ams-neve.com for more details.

 

 

Tags: AMS Neve | RMX16 500 | Digital reverb | Iconic Reverb | 500 Series Hardware
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DPA Highlights A Host of Exciting New Microphone Products at ISE 2020 Posted: 09/01/2020
DPA Highlights A Host of Exciting New Microphone Products at ISE 2020

In order to give customers as much choice as possible, DPA Microphones is unveiling new colour options for its powerful 6000 series of Subminiature Microphones so that they can be more closely matched to the wearer’s skin tone and clothing.

At ISE 2020, DPA will show its Red Dot Award-winning 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone in brown as well as black and beige, and its 6060 and 6061 Lavalier Microphones in brown and white as well as black and beige. Already one of the smallest and most inconspicuous bodyworn microphones on the market, the 6000 series will now be even less obtrusive, leaving presenters, artists and audiences free to focus on content and performance rather than technology.

On Booth 7-V245 at ISE, where DPA is exhibiting with its Benelux distributor AMPTEC, the company will also be showing its new 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone, which is specifically targeted at sound designers, podcasters, vloggers, film makers and other content creators who want to capture authentic immersive audio for their projects. Another new product is the 2028 Vocal Microphone, which aims to change the live performance landscape with its renowned natural sound, road-ready design and competitive price point. 

DPA will complete its ISE line up with the 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic, which is expertly tailored to capture dynamic choir sound. 

For more information, please visit www.dpamirophones.com

 

Tags: DPA Microphones | d:facto 2028 Vocal Microphone | ISE 2020 | Binaural Microphone | 6066 Headset Microphone
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AMS Neve and Westlake Pro Unveil Exclusive New Demo Suite Posted: 06/01/2020
AMS Neve and Westlake Pro Unveil Exclusive New Demo Suite

AMS Neve and Westlake Pro have partnered to create the first AMS Neve Showroom in the US. Located at Westlake Pro’s headquarters in North Hollywood, the space provides an environment for clients to listen to the entire AMS Neve product portfolio.

As the UK manufacturer’s first authorised demo space in the US, Westlake Pro is ideally placed to demonstrate products such as the iconic Neve BCM10/2 Mk2 16-channel console and the Genesys Black G32 console. The large showroom also incorporates an array of AMS Neve outboard products including the 1073DPX dual channel mic pre and EQ, the 33609N stereo compressor and the 8801 channel strip from the legendary 88R console – all displayed in impressive custom furniture.

A private demo with AMS Neve certified staff can be booked by calling Westlake Pro at 323-845-1145. Customers are encouraged to bring along their own Pro Tools session and listen to it in the new Showroom.

 

 

Tags: AMS Neve | Westlake pro | Los Angeles demo Room | New Showroom | Genesys Black Console
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White Mark Helps LIPA Build A Hub For Its Creative Technologies and Performance Course Posted: 20/12/2019
White Mark Helps LIPA Build A Hub For Its Creative Technologies and Performance Course

LIPA, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, has converted one of its traditional theatres into a multifunction space that is acting as a hub for its new Creative Technologies and Performance course, which launched this year.

Acoustic design consultancy White Mark was tasked with overseeing the project that involved building a TV studio, production gallery and sound control area into the existing space, along with motion capture rooms, grading rooms and a 5.1 audio dubbing suite. White Mark’s role included working closely with building contractors to ensure that the new facilities were delivered on time and to the highest standard so that they accurately reflect the real world facilities students will encounter when they eventually leave LIPA at the end of their degree courses.

Jon Thornton is Head of Sound Technology at LIPA, says: “This was an incredibly ambitious project, not least because of the timescale involved, which was very tight. For various reasons, the project had a few false starts and it was only when we called in White Mark that we were able to get it back on track.”

LIPA’s new Creative Technologies and Performance Course is part of an ongoing commitment to providing students with the skills they will need for the future. It is headed by Steve Davies, who has a background in broadcast, corporate productions and short form drama. The new facilities are being equipped to the highest standard in terms of audio and video gear and incorporate top industry brand names such as Calrec, Avid and Black Magic.

Tags: White Mark | LIPA | Creative Technologies and Performance Course | Steve Davies | Jon Thornton | David Bell
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Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound Posted: 20/12/2019
Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound

 

PMC’s founder and CEO Peter Thomas has been awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) in recognition of his contribution to the professional audio industry.

IPS Chairman Simon Clark says: “We have honoured Peter for the significant impact he has had on the audio industry through pushing the boundaries of monitor design to achieve more accuracy, particularly at higher volumes. PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line system for bass loading is unique and has delivered noticeable improvements in audio quality over conventional loudspeaker design principles. It is fair to say that Peter’s work in this area has been transformative and has resulted in loudspeaker products that are the world’s reference for mastering and for the bulk of music production.”

As a charitable organisation that champions the highest quality of sound production and sound recording in all forms of broadcast, recorded, and live events, the IPS is widely respected for the support, training and networking opportunities it delivers. Its Fellowship programme is very selective – there are currently only 10 living people who hold this honour – as it is designed to recognise those who are ‘operationally outstanding in their area’.

Tags: PMC Speakrs | IPS | Peter Thomas | Fellowship Trophy | Advanced transmission Line Technology | Loudspeaker Design
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Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA Posted: 18/12/2019
Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA

Clarity, ease of use and the ability to match the colour of the microphone to different skin tones were all good reasons why Toby Chevis, Director of UK live events company Patch Productions, chose DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphones to amplify speakers at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival.

During the 10 day event, the company used a total of 40 6066 Headsets across eight venues, including Cheltenham’s Montpelier Gardens and Town Hall sites. Among the famous participants who happily wore DPA were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Louis Theroux, Rob Drydon and Graham Norton.

“The festival was keen to be as inclusive as possible this year, so being able to offer a microphone with varying colours option, but the same audio quality, was fantastic,” Toby Chevis explains. “I’ve been a big fan of DPA Headset Microphones for eight years now and Patch Productions owns a number of 4000 Series Headsets, but for this event we bought additional microphones.”

The Cheltenham Literature Festival was broadcast on Sky Arts, which took a mixed feed straight from Patch Productions’ desk. Audio quality was very important as it was imperative that the audience could hear every word spoken by the authors on stage.

Tags: DPA Microphones | Cheltenham Literature Festival | 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone | Patch Productions
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NativeWaves Uses the AWS Cloud Portfolio To Deliver A Multiview Experience To Austrian MotGP Viewers Posted: 16/12/2019
NativeWaves Uses the AWS Cloud Portfolio To Deliver A Multiview Experience To Austrian MotGP Viewers

Fans watching live broadcasts of MotoGP races in Austria have been given an exclusive opportunity to personalise their viewing experience thanks to pioneering broadcast technology developed by Austrian solutions provider NativeWaves GmBH.

NativeWaves collaborated with Red Bull Media House to debut this exciting innovation at the Austrian MotoGP in Spielberg. Fans watching broadcast coverage on Austria’s ServusTV have been able to download a free MotoGP 2nd Screen App and use this to select their preferred perspective from various camera views on their mobile devices. This allows viewers to watch all the action perfectly synchronised across multiple screens. This innovation was available for all races following the Austrian MotoGP.

NativeWaves utilized the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud service portfolio to bring this groundbreaking experience to viewers. AWS CloudFront was used to distribute the content and achieve scale, while various other AWS services contributed towards easy development and management of this operation. Starting from managed database services to serverless solutions, AWS provided dependable cloud services to ensure the success of this project.

Marcel Hasenrader, CEO, NativeWaves, says: “NativeWaves technology answers a problem that the industry has faced for many years and we are delighted our solution allows broadcasters to engage viewers by offering additional content seamlessly across multiple devices.”

 

 

 

Tags: NativeWaves | MotoGP | ServusTV | AWS | Amazon Web Services | Second Screen
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