Archive for June 28th, 2012

Renowned Psy-Trance Group Infected Mushroom Takes Music to the Next Level with SmithsonMartin Emulator

HOLLYWOOD, June 28, 2012— Multi-touch software developer SmithsonMartin Inc., announced that renowned Israeli trance band Infected Mushroom is using Emulator DVS to enhance the stage performance of the band’s current world tour.

Infected Mushroom has been pushing the edge of electronic psychedelic trance music since the duo emerged on the electronic music scene with its ground-breaking 1999 album, The Gathering. Known for its combination of analogue and digital instruments and vocals in the evolving psy-trance sub-genre, the group recently turned to SmithsonMartin’s Emulator DVS to makes its live show more technically and visually stunning.

The Emulator DVS, which was introduced in November 2011 as the next generation of DJ systems, provides a multi-touch MIDI control interface on a huge transparent screen to artists. For electronic artists, the software and technology offers the ability to customize the multi-touch layout of the screen so it fits to the artist, rather than forcing the artist to conform to it.

“In the beginning, we thought it might just look cool, but it’s actually useful,” said Erez Eisen, one-half of Infected Mushroom. “This is obviously the only product that does and looks something like that.”

With a futuristic stage design by Vita Motus supported by 3D visuals by another company using Emulator, V-Squared Labs, Infected Mushroom found Emulator DVS fit right into the atmosphere they were trying to create while also offering a unique control experience provided by no other system. Reliable and flexible in its design and application delivery, Emulator Modular has transformed electronic music and provided Infected Mushroom with a system that has prompted spectacular reviews from audience members and critics alike.

“It’s open. You can do whatever you need. If you need the basic stuff for DJ-ing, it has presets ready, which is great. If you want to go beyond that and do crazy controlling, you design your own interface. It’s simple with drag-and-drop,” said Eisen, who is planning on adding two more Emulator DVS units to his repertoire for studio recording purposes.

WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE: http://youtu.be/jvgGPfXeLGA

In the future, Infected Mushroom plans to expand on its use of the Emulator DVS platform for modular synths and to continue using it to enhance the futuristic multimedia atmosphere of its live shows.

“It’s not just beauty. It’s a really, really powerful tool,” Eisen said. “I learned the tool in two days while I was doing other things. I don’t know how I didn’t have it before.”

K-array Ensures Graduation Message to San Diego Bernardo Heights Middle School Students is Heard Loud and Clear

San Diego, Calif. – June 28, 2012 — The K-array KR400S ultra-light powered speaker system provided a clear and superb listening experience for faculty, staff, students, friends and family at the San Diego Bernardo Heights Middle School graduation ceremony in mid-June.

Paul Svenson, owner of San Diego-based audio/video specialist PSAudioVideo, consulted with Sennheiser Area Sales Manager John R. Borja to outfit the outdoor ceremony with a single KR400S speaker, as well as Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless transmitters and receivers. Svenson ran the microphones directly into a PreSonus digital mixer, which was then connected to the K-array KR 400S.

“In previous years, people on the periphery of the 1,200-person crowd complained about not being able to hear very well, but this year, we received compliments,” said Svenson, who has been the school’s trusted provider of audio solutions for more than a half-dozen graduations in recent years. “I believe this was due to the effective sound dispersion characteristics of the K-array KR400S.”

Svenson adopted the KR400S after using a pair of the speakers to provide audio for an indoor concert for 3,000 people. The compact speakers were able to deliver so much power that Svenson immediately added them to his audio toolbox and now uses them for indoor and outdoor events.

For the graduation, Svenson set up only one KR400S, which he says provided more than enough coverage for entire area — including the 80-foot wide stage, the gallery of graduates, seating for family and friends, and standing room. Svenson said the KR400S not only provided high-quality sound to the entire graduation ceremony, but could also be heard across the parking lot to the local high school.

The KR400s cast a wide dispersion without any appreciable drop-off, giving Svenson a long throw to hit the very back row of people and the standing room only section, which he has not been able to achieve with other speakers.

In addition to the speeches given by graduates and faculty, the graduates and their families were also treated to the vocal harmonies of the school’s 250-singer choir, for which Svenson used three ew 100 G3 Sennheiser wireless microphones on the soloists, among other microphones.

“The K-array KR400S has surprised me time and again for its ability to throw long distances while still maintaining a consistently high sound quality,” Svenson said. “The choir leader was also very impressed with the speaker’s ability to cast a wide dispersion while retaining the sharpness needed in a vocalist microphone.”

Prism Sound’s New dScope Series IIIE Audio Analyzer Raises The Bar In Terms Of Functionality Versus Price

Audio test and measurement specialist Prism Sound continues its innovative product development strategy by introducing a new analogue and digital audio analyzer that sets a new benchmark in terms of functionality versus price.

Based on its Award-winning dScope Series III instrument and dubbed the ‘Essentials’ package, the new dScope Series IIIE audio analyzer represents Prism Sound’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers the best possible value for money, whilst delivering unique innovations in audio analysis capabilities.

dScope Series IIIE is ideally suited to a wide range of audio test applications, but is of particular relevance to automated production line testing where there is a requirement for a more targeted feature set.

Simon Woollard, Test and Measurement Product Specialist for Prism Sound, says: “Our flagship dScope Series III analyzer platform is the most powerful audio test solution available and leads the way in advanced generation and analysis tools. However, some of our customers don’t need the entire feature set of our top of the range systems and would prefer a streamlined solution that is more cost effective but still meets their analysis requirements.

“dScope Series IIIE retains the design philosophy of our range-topping dScope Series III but omits some of the more advanced capabilities that you might use in a heavy-duty design engineering role. We are offering a solution for all of the most commonly used measurement functions for analogue, digital and soundcard-based audio measurements, and including multi-channel switching capabilities and modern analysis methods such as multi-tones and chirps, to ensure the fastest possible test times. This, coupled with our new software application for creating automated test sequences and reports, makes the dScope Series IIIE the ideal investment for audio QC testing.”

The dScope Series III family now includes the original dScope Series III, the new dScope Series IIIE and two analogue-only variants – the dScope IIIA and IIIA+. Prices start from £3,895 ($5995 in the USA), and users can choose the version that best suits their needs, safe in the knowledge that they can upgrade at any time should their requirements change.

The dScope Series III family offers comprehensive analogue and digital audio signal generation and analysis, plus support for digital audio carrier testing, quasi-anechoic microphone/loudspeaker analysis and testing of Windows™ sound devices.

dScope Series III can be easily automated using its built in VBScript interpreter, and now also via a dedicated test sequencer which avoids the need for script writing, enabling the creation of custom test routines and pass/fail limit checking. Furthermore, Test automation can also be accomplished with dScope’s “ActiveX COM” interface, offering support for third party automation executives e.g. National Instruments TestStand. This makes all solutions in the dScope Series III range ideally suited to production line testing applications.

The dScope Series IIIE audio test and measurement system comprises a Windows PC (XP™, Vista™ and Windows 7 compatible) software application coupled with an external high-precision audio I/O processor for equipment-under-test (EUT) connection.

For a full list of features available with each version please visit:

http://www.prismsound.com/test_measure/products_subs/dscope/dscope_features.php

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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