Archive for June 13th, 2012

Myers ProTrack TV to Anchor Centralcast Hub for PBS in Upstate New York

WILL PROVIDE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT TO MULTI-CHANNEL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER IN SYRACUSE

Northampton, MA – Myers Information Systems – a leading developer of broadcast traffic, business and content management software, and the supplier-of-choice to PBS member stations nationwide – today affirmed the company’s role in the groundbreaking consolidation of broadcast operations being built at the new WCNY-TV/FM broadcast and education facility in Syracuse, New York. Scheduled to launch in October, the facility will assume master control responsibility for the primary and secondary content channels for all nine New York State PBS call-letter stations, New Jersey Public Television (NJTV), plus a specialty programming service, for a total of 35 on-air streams.

Operating as Centralcast LLC, the PBS facility is expected to save some $25 million over 10 years in reduced equipment, operating and maintenance costs. It may generate additional revenue, once up and running, by offering services to other area broadcasters. The Myers team will install a version of ProTrack TV at the central operations facility, to centralize content acquisition and data management, facilitate content exchange among stations, capture content revisions, and track media locations across both central and local storage devices. The Myers software will be fully integrated with an end-to-end content management and play-to-air automation solution being supplied by Evertz Microsystems Ltd.

“ProTrack scheduling and business management software has long been a key to the success of our individual station operations,” said Robert Daino, president and CEO of WCNY-TV/FM, home to the new facility. “Myers not only has the systems integration experience necessary for a project of this scope, their in-depth knowledge of PBS and its unique workflows gives us full confidence in their ability to deliver us a highly efficient playout center for stations throughout the country.”

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of this exciting and innovative project,” said Crist Myers, company CEO and president. “This represents a whole new era for Public Broadcasting, one that combines cutting-edge technology with a rational approach to operational efficiency. This endeavor will go a long way to help participating PBS member stations become more self-sustaining and insure the availability of high-quality PBS programming to the area’s loyal viewing audience for years to come.”

Myers’ highly regarded flagship suite, ProTrack, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure and scalability, without sacrificing flexibility, for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

About Myers Information Systems
Myers Information Systems, Inc. has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The Company provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com
About Centralcast LLC
The Joint Master Control Center will be housed at WCNY-TV/FM new Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse, NY. In addition to WCNY, the centralcast playout facility will manage content for WMHT (Albany), WNED (Buffalo), WCFE (Plattsburgh), WPBS (Watertown), WSKG (Binghamton), WXXI (Rochester), and WNET (New York City) which programs WLIW, NJTV (New Jersey Public Television) and V-Me, PBS children’s programming in Spanish.

Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

WSDG Begins 16th Art Institute Audio Teaching Studio

4-Year Building Program Creates Nation’s Largest Audio Education Network

NEW YORK: An intensive 4-year design/construction program by the Walters-Storyk Design Group has produced sixteen professional audio education studios for The Art Institutes’ educational institutions across the U.S. Developed to train students for jobs in the rapidly expanding sphere of high tech audio-related occupations, the studios provide cutting edge instruction in both theory and hands-on production techniques. The Art Institute of Michigan (Detroit) complex is currently under construction.

WSDG Partner/Senior Project Manager Romina Larregina has spearheaded the program since its inception. Working closely with company principal/architect/ acoustician John Storyk she has supervised each construction project to insure the highest level of pro audio educational professionalism. “John Storyk’s commitment to education was a primary catalyst behind The Art Institutes decision to retain WSDG for this major assignment,” Larregina says. “His extensive lecturing background, coupled with our 40-year + history of creating world-class studios for artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, made us an obvious choice for this expansive, on-going project.”

“Each WSDG- IA studio was custom designed to meet specific aesthetic and logistic requirements,” Larregina reports. “Room and class size, technology selection, acoustics, a myriad of related issues dictated our design considerations. These are not ‘cookie cutter’ installations,” she emphasized. “They are designed to address every aspect of pro audio training, including digital and analogue technology.”

“Professional audio education has undergone a seismic shift over the past few years,” John Storyk remarked. “The traditional mega studio paradigm has evolved to a new generation of compact, powerful ‘vest-pocket’ and personal facilities which maximize the potential of affordable laptop-based recording and mixing technology. Concurrently, the new job category has flourished,” Storyk adds. “While traditional positions such as mixing, mastering and FOH engineering may have diminished; audio pros are now flourishing in such diverse occupations as perceptual audio coding, streaming, virtual acoustics, and forensic audio reconstruction. These new AI studios and their faculties are positioned to populate the mushrooming pro audio job market with highly trained and motivated candidates. WSDG is proud to have been associated with AI’s expansion.”

WSDG has created AI studios in Washington, DC, Nashville, Austin, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, Shaumburg (Illinois), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire (CA), Chicago, Austin, Minneapolis and now Detroit.

“We are expanding our professional audio production curriculum in recognition of the new job opportunities in a field far wider than traditional music recording and live sound mixing,” states John Mazzoni, president of The Arts Institutes. “Video game design and production; corporate, governmental, industrial, educational, broadcast and many other sectors rely on skilled professionals to produce high-quality audio content for a variety of creative, entertainment, and messaging purposes. Innovative applications ranging from audio forensics to ringtone production are expanding exponentially. Jobs exist now and entire new categories are emerging. We are committed to training our students to serve as valuable assets to these potential employers.”

In recent years, WSDG has created a number of large-scale audio education facilities. These include: NYU’s $6.5 million Steinhardt Center Music Technology Complex in NYC, teaching studios for the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

WSDG is currently engaged in the largest and most ambitious audio education project in their 40+-year history. Teaching studios for two massive Berklee College of Music campuses: An ultra-modern complex in Valencia, Spain is rapidly approaching completion. And, a 22,000 sq. ft. audio facility for Berklee’s new $100 million, 16 story multi-purpose building is currently under construction at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, at the heart of the college campus.

Photos: 1. AI Chicago teaching studio control room designed by WSDG
2. AI Chicago teaching studio live room designed by WSDG

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

White Mark and Langdale Technical Build World Class Radio and Music Studios For Nile Radio Productions

Continuing the expansion into new territories that has become a feature of its business development over the last few years, UK studio acoustic and design consultancy White Mark has successfully completed two radio studios and two music recording studios for Nile Radio Productions in Cairo.

This prestigious project involved rebuilding the existing Nile Radio Productions facilities, which are housed in buildings within the Media City complex on the outskirts of Cairo. State of the art radio on-air and pre-production studios were created for Nagoom FM, which positions itself as the Middle East’s No.1 Arabic Current Hit Radio Station, and its English language sister station Nile FM. These stations enjoy enormous audiences in this region of the world and can be heard (and seen) at http://www.nilefmonline.com/video

The brief also required White Mark to design two recording studios that will be used by NRP to create original music content for the stations and develop local talent by making world class facilities accessible to both artists and producers in Egypt. The company plans to set up a production, management and publishing arm to further facilitate this creative development and these studios form the basis of its production hub.

David Bell, Managing Director of White Mark, says: “As NRP was redeveloping their premises, this was a major undertaking that required detailed coordination, design, build supervision and technical infrastructure from the outset. Careful consideration had to be given to the detailed supervision of the Egyptian building company which was unfamiliar with the techniques required for this specialist project work. Scheduling also became a central issue as the two on-air stations had to continue broadcasting throughout the construction and have access to their commercials pre-production facilities. The new buildings are a significant improvement on the previous complex and detailed discussions were held as to the form the new rooms should take.”

Mrs Hala Hegazi, Managing Director and Group COO of NRP, says: “Nile Radio Production and Music Studios have been a long awaited dream for all of us to realize. We are all extremely excited about finally having the studios completed, and to have had the whole operation built by the expertise of White Mark and Langdale Technical is really where the value of the studios is magnified. We are optimistic that the studios will become a milestone in our business legacy and will deliver our expectations and beyond in Egypt and the entire region.”

Mr. Rami Mohsen, NRP’s Production Director, adds: “Needless to say, the team of producers on board feel that this is a huge breakthrough in their working track record and career portfolios. To be able to work and train and manage such world class studios and the technology that comes with them is a massive addition to all of us. This could not have come at a better time in our industry’s business path as our main direction is to focus on Radio production and music label releases in 2012 and beyond. We are all truly excited and feel privileged to be part of this world class launch.”

The project was undertaken against the backdrop of the political changes in Egypt but this had little effect on progress with site visits and coordination meetings taking place as planned on all but one occasion, which was postponed because of the elections.

The two radio studios share common facilities with the on-air rooms both facing a shared Talks studio. Also shared are the machine room and office and reception spaces. White Mark also designed a pre-production suite, which both stations use.

Much of the equipment was migrated from NRP’s former facilities and was re-installed by UK company Langdale Technical, which handled the technical installation for all four studios. Set up of the facilities was handled by Jeff Marcedo, White Mark’s newly appointed agent for India and the Middle East.

On the music side, NRP now has a no-compromise main recording studio that houses a 48-channel SSL Duality, Pro Tools and an extensive range of analogue and outboard equipment. It also has a small production room equipped with Pro Tools and an Avid 24-channel C|24 control surface. Both rooms feature ATC and Adams monitoring and access to a generous outboard equipment compliment.

Langdale Technical Director Bill Ward says: “The project involved close cooperation with the White Mark team and also a lot of liaison with NRP regarding equipment lists and layouts etc. Our involvement stemmed directly from White Mark’s recommendation, although we were already aware of recording studio element thanks to our links with SSL. As far as I was concerned it was critical that White Mark were involved because it gave legitimacy to the project and meant that any issues arising during the build could be quickly resolved because we’ve worked with White Mark sufficient times in the past for there to be real respect and trust between both teams.”

Ward adds that one of the main challenges was getting local builders to understand, and then achieve, the standard both White Mark and Langdale Technical expected. A further challenge successfully met was dealing with Egyptian customs for the import of the equipment and specialist building materials.

“This was a particular issue when it came to the SSL console as the desk was somewhat roughly unpacked by the local customs officials and needed replacement parts by the time it was released and finally delivered,” he explains. “Fortunately we were already on site and were able to make SSL’s commissioning a lot easier by having the console assembled and powered up before their team arrived. This meant we could tell them exactly what parts were needed, which saved a lot of time.”

Working in a country in the throes of political turmoil proved challenging for both White Mark and Langdale Technical.

“Every time we visited the site events seemed to move quickly from stable and calm to highly publicised unrest, but, by and large, we were detached from it because NRP’s premises are on the outskirts of Cairo some distance from the main gathering in Tahrir Square, which is in central Cairo.” Ward says. “On the last trip out, there was a possibility that we might have difficulty getting home as some of the European airlines were very quick to cancel flights. However, as we always travelled with Egypt Air, we had no problems because they were much more understanding about the situation.”

White Mark Managing Director, David Bell, concludes “The new facilities are truly world class and it has been a joy to be part of NRP’s project to empower local talent and bring it to the home audience. The challenge of working with local contractors at the level of quality required for the facility to become what it is now should not be underestimated, but the excitement of the changes in the country provided a very relevant backdrop to the creation of a suite of rooms of which Egypt can be very proud.”

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About White Mark:
Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents. www.whitemark.com

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