Archive for July 12th, 2012

At Skaggs Place Studio in Nashville, Ricky Skaggs Depends on Neumann KH 120 Monitors to ‘Tell the Truth’

Nashville, TN – July 12, 2012: Once again, multiple GRAMMY winner and Christian artist Ricky Skaggs has been hard at work with “the boys” — his longtime band Kentucky Thunder, which have been playing bluegrass music alongside him for over 15 years. Each time Skaggs and his band enter the studio — usually at his own “Skaggs Place Studio” — the resulting music pays homage to the early trailblazers of bluegrass music, while forging entirely new paths within the seemingly timeless genre.

As an artist, Skaggs is wholly committed to authenticity and detail in his recordings. He is an avid collector of vintage microphones and esoteric gear, and constantly in pursuit of the latest sonic building blocks that will help make his recordings stand the test of time. The latest addition to his studio? The new Neumann KH 120 studio monitors. We chatted with Ricky to learn more about his recent projects, and why it’s important to have a loudspeaker that tells the truth…..

What have you been up to lately?
“Me and the boys [Kentucky Thunder] have gotten together and will be putting out a bluegrass record — the first one since Honoring the Fathers, which we recorded several years ago. We’ve cut two days of tracks, about six songs on which we are now working on overdubs. In the coming weeks, we will be doing more tracks, as well as singing and overdubs. For this record, which will have a lot of variety, I’ve brought in Gordon Kennedy [producer] for moral support. I really wanted him involved because I didn’t want it to be just another bluegrass record. Gordon is able to bring some input and creativity that I wouldn’t necessarily think to bring to the project. Beyond this, I’ve been working on a live CD of Bruce Hornsby and myself. Last time we toured, we did a lot of live recordings on the road and we’ve been going through those live shows and hope to get a record out soon.”

Tell us about your first experiences with the Neumann KH 120 monitors
“When I found out that Neumann was doing monitors, I knew they wouldn’t do anything unless it was excellent — because they have never done anything outside of excellence. If it was Neumann, it was going to be great. I first heard the KH 120s out at Winter NAMM and I was just blown away. I really loved what I was hearing. There is something in the midrange that highlights the acoustic instruments and strings, and the highs are not too bright or harsh. Finally, I just can’t believe how small they are and how great they sound.”

How about the low end?
“Typically it is a little bit harder to define the low end, but everything translates great through the KH 120s. In general, I was really impressed and surprised with their performance given their small size, and could not believe that that such clarity in the low end could be achieved without a subwoofer. The low end of my mixes sound tighter now — and in bluegrass, this is important on instruments like the upright bass and the acoustic guitar. We know that when we get to the mastering facility, that the entire low end will be nice and tight.

Why is the crossover important and how does the KH 120 perform in this regard?
“For any instrument that occupies the midrange, you’ve got to have crossovers that are extremely quick, smooth and transparent. The crossover on the Neumanns is very smooth and you can really hear this on acoustic guitars and mandolins. This is exactly what I hear from the KH 120s, and highlights the thing that I love most about them: the midrange. My instruments sound like I know they should.”

Why have the KH 120s earned a place at Skaggs Place Studio?
“I want the safety net of having a great monitor system — it takes the guesswork out of recording and mixing, and you can be more confident in what you are putting down to tape. I know the low end is there, as well as the mids and the highs. Nothing is falsified and it is the real thing. I don’t like cutting any corners — especially in the recording studio. Once you cut something and put it out, it is out there forever. As an artist, I want to make sure that the recording represented the best that I could be at that moment in time.”

You are no stranger to Neumann. Tell us about your collection of Neumann microphones

“My history with Neumann goes back a long way, and to me, the company’s microphones represent the gold standard. I have a U 47 that was once used by folks like Dolly Parton, George Jones and Johnny Cash. I also have two U 69s, which we use on everything including the piano on the recent Bruce Hornsby recording. I bought some KM 64s years ago that had been owned by a traveling gospel band, The Happy Goodman Family. My Neumann KM 66, an early version of the KM 86, is our all-time favorite guitar mic. I also use and appreciate the newer Neumann microphone models such as the TLM 102, TLM 103 and of course the M 149 and U 87.”

Photo captions:
1. Ricky Skaggs, pictured alongside the Neumann KH 120 monitor
2. The Neumann KH 120 monitors are the latest edition to Nashville’s Skaggs Place Studio

NETIA and First Gulf Extend Radio-Assist(TM) Installation at Radio Riyadh to Three Regional Sites

New NETIA Workstations at Jizan, Hail, and Tabuk Enable Easy Media Exchange With Central Riyadh Station

CLARET, France — July 12, 2012 — NETIA today announced that it is working with systems integrator First Gulf to extend the Radio-Assist(TM) 8 suite of digital audio software at Radio Riyadh to include three regional stations in Saudi Arabia, located in the cities of Jizan, Hail, and Tabuk. Part of a larger multi-year national media infrastructure project overseen by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI), the extension of Radio-Assist brings more sophisticated production tools to the three stations and simplifies their exchange of media with the kingdom’s central Radio Riyadh station. NETIA technology already plays a key role in the restoration, digitization, and preservation of audiovisual media of cultural and historical importance in Saudi Arabia.

“We are proud to be working with NETIA to extend state-of-the-art production and broadcast capabilities to regional stations and to facilitate and streamline the exchange of content between the country’s radio broadcasters,” said Naim G. Saidi, CEO of First Gulf Company.

The Radio-Assist 8 range of digital audio software programs covers the entire operation of a radio station, addressing acquisition, sound file editing, commercial and music production, scheduling, multicasting, data security, and administration. The installation of Radio-Assist at Jizan, Hail, and Tabuk ensures the interoperability of media management systems across broadcast stations and provides the foundation for shared access to the extensive national archives being created by MOCI.

“Saudi Arabia is undertaking an ambitious upgrade to its national media infrastructure, and we’re pleased to be a part of this project,” said Thomas Dresch, project manager at NETIA. “With this latest NETIA installation, key radio stations across the country have been able improve their local production capabilities while taking much greater advantage of resources and programming at Radio Riyadh.”

More information about NETIA and its products is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and multimedia groups around the world. Clients include BSkyB, RAI Italy, Radio Oman, France Telecom/Orange, RTM Malaysia, Mediacorp Singapore, RTL, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Televisions, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Primestream – IBC2012 Product Preview

IBC2012 Product Preview
Primestream(R)
Booth 7.D21

Primestream(R)
Americas:
15590 NW 15th Ave
Miami, FL 33169

Europe:
Beumeesweg
48, 9661 AJ Alteveer,
The Netherlands

Company Contact:
Warren Arenstein
VP of Business Development
Tel: +1 305 625 4415
Email: warenstein@primestream.com
Website: www.primestream.com

Agency Contact:
Peggy Blaze
Wall Street Communications
Tel: +1 818 357 3693
Email: peggy@wallstcom.com

Company Overview:

Primestream’s broadcast software solutions offer a seamless, end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content. Features include media asset management (MAM), editing, logging, playback, publishing to the Web, video contribution via smartphone, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) Production Suite, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), and the cloud-based FORK Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, online digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities.

More information about FORK software solutions is available at www.primestream.com and b4m.com

Primestream(R) Products at IBC2012:

NEW! FORK(TM) 3.0
FORK(TM) 3.0, the next generation of Primestream’s acclaimed FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows, will make its European debut at IBC2012. FORK 3.0 boasts new features, technological improvements, and third-party integrations that make it more responsive, powerful, extendable, and capable of handling multiple tasks. Underlying technology enhancements such as drones, dynamic forms, and scripts increase the software’s stability, reliability, and functionality. Additionally, the new version includes FORK Xchange(TM) Suite, a new companion application that serves as the Web portal into the FORK environment; the new Shot List Editor, a fast and nimble way to edit proxy content inside of FORK; and the latest versions of Mobile2Air(R) and FORK Social add-on applications. Primestream also continues its commitment to open-platform, hardware-agnostic broadcast solutions by integrating Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro, Sony(R) XDCAM(R) Station, and Harmonic ChannelPort(TM) workflows into FORK 3.0.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK3Products.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) 3.0 Production Suite

FORK Xchange(TM) Suite
FORK Xchange(TM) Suite is a new companion application to Primestream’s highly acclaimed FORK(TM) software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows. FORK Xchange Suite is the Web portal into the FORK environment, fully integrating with FORK Production Server and giving broadcasters and media enterprises instant access to content when and where it’s needed — from any Internet-enabled Windows(R), Mac(R), or iOS device.

FORK Xchange Suite allows producers and editors to browse and view clips, edit and add metadata and markers, sort content, trigger FORK action scripts, and transfer media from and to multiple remote production servers. FORK Xchange Suite provides frame-accurate markers, real-time metadata synchronization, and full support — whether users are working from a desktop or an iPad(R).

Enhanced Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration
Also at IBC2012, Primestream(R) will demonstrate the enhanced level of integration of FORK(TM) with both Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro and the new Adobe Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium on Windows(R) and Mac OS(R) X. Using a newly developed panel, Premiere Pro users are able to search and browse the FORK media asset database with speed; select clips, bins, or timelines created in the FORK Editor; and simply drag those items into a Premiere Pro project. When an edited sequence is complete, users can send the project — ready for air — to FORK or into a newsroom system placeholder.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_AdobePremierePro.zip
Photo Caption: Enhanced Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration

Company Quote:

“At IBC2012, Primestream will demonstrate its long tradition of implementing the newest technologies and broadcast solutions to meet the changing requirements of our clients. FORK Production Suite is the power behind so many Primestream solutions, and the latest version — FORK 3.0 — gives our customers the tools to work and collaborate more efficiently. This and the other products we will demonstrate at IBC2012 will help our customers better manage today’s workflows and be well prepared for those of tomorrow.”
– Claudio Lisman, CEO, Primestream/B4M

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