Archive for July 11th, 2013

Vietnam Television Calls on Jampro Again for VHF and UHF Antennas

Sacramento, CA — Jampro Antennas of Sacramento, California has been awarded another contract by Vietnam Television (VTV) to supply two high-power broadband antennas, one for VHF Band III transmission, the other for UHF. Both antennas will provide coverage of CanTho, the fifth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong delta.

“This follows a major 2011 order for ten Jampro DVB-T (Digital TV) antenna systems that were installed at sites located throughout the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” said Alex M. Perchevitch, Jampro president. “For many years, we supplied Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the founder of VTV, with radio broadcast antennas. That excellent relationship and the proven field performance of our equipment led to this latest award.”

The JHD-HV4 is a half wave spaced, horizontally polarized flat panel, dual-dipole high-band VHF antenna that can broadcast on Band III at 174 to 230 MHz. Rugged galvanized steel construction ensures many years of dependable performance. The JHD antenna has been proven to have excellent bandwidth and VSWR. It’s ideal for VTV’s broadband/multi-channel op¬erations. Many standard and custom directional patterns are available to fit VTV’s coverage requirements.

The JUHD UHF antenna was selected by VTV for two primary reasons. Due to a modular design, it gives VTV flexibility to configure various elevation patterns so coverage can be customized to suit the topographical challenges of Vietnam which range from flat deltas to mountainous areas exceeding 3,000 meters. VTV engineers worked with Jampro’s technical staff to customize patterns to optimize coverage for the sites.

Secondly, the JUHD antenna’s robust stainless steel construction has proven reliable in hot, wet tropical climates. Fiberglass radomes provide additional panel protection.

Jampro is also providing its own manufactured Proline brand of rigid transmission line for both installations and related RF components.

Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the national television broadcaster for Vietnam. Each major city and most of the 64 provinces have their own TV stations. VTV broadcasts several terrestrial cable, satellite and regional channels, plus an international channel.

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • mailto:Sonia@jampro.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Sound Devices Celebrates 15 Years of Industry Innovation

REEDSBURG, WI, JULY 11, 2013 — Sound Devices is proud to announce its latest company milestone, commemorating 15 years as specialists in portable audio and video products for field production. Founded by three industry veterans in 1998, the company continues to fulfill its original mission—to develop products that help customers achieve the highest quality and performance in their field production workflow. Today, Sound Devices’ growing product portfolio of award-winning audio mixers, recorders, preamplifiers, computer interfaces, and video recorders, offer customers a wide range of essential gear for television and film production.

“We are very proud to celebrate our 15 years in the industry,” says Matt Anderson, Co-founder and President of Sound Devices. “The company has evolved into one of the industry’s most trusted companies, due in large part to the hard work and commitment of our staff.” Jon Tatooles, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development adds, “We also thank our customers for their loyalty, support and feedback, helping us to reach this milestone in an industry where technology is constantly changing.”

Sound Devices entered the industry with its first broadcast-oriented product, the durable battery-powered MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp. The company introduced the product and made it available for purchase at the 1999 NAB Show. Today, many elements designed into the MP-1 continue to live in later-generation Sound Devices products, including the battery tube design, high-performance microphone preamplifiers, and durable mechanical construction.

In 2000, Sound Devices introduced its 442 Field Mixer, essentially an over-the-shoulder portable mixing console for production, ENG and film. Developed with input from the industry’s top audio engineers, the 442 offered the audio performance, feature set and mechanical construction demanded by customers with higher expectations for audio from the field.

Soon after, in 2003, Sound Devices announced its entry into the portable digital audio-recording category with its 7-Series Recorders. The 722 and 744T began shipping in early 2005. The 702 and 702T followed, and in 2008, the 788T portable, eight-input, 12-track recorder with time code made its debut in the 7-Series family. Numerous accessories such as the CL-8, CL-9, and CL-WiFi have expanded the number of applications for these recorders, along with numerous feature enhancements through firmware updates.

At the 2011 NAB Show, Sound Devices brought its portable digital recording technology to video with the introduction of its PIX audio/video recorders, PIX 220 and PIX 240. With its strong history of developing high-quality products for the evolving production world, this was a natural progression for Sound Devices. The audio circuitry on the PIX 220 and PIX 240 is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders.

As part of the company’s continued evolution and commitment to its customers and community, Sound Devices relocated its headquarters to a new 27,000 square-foot facility in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in early 2012. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the facility enables Sound Devices to continue to develop new, innovative field-production audio and video products with greater operational capacity. The headquarters is large enough to hold training meetings for its sales representatives and distributors, and offers space for permanent product displays designed for training.

Entering its 15th year, Sound Devices’ commitment to innovation has continued with the introduction of the PIX 260i. The rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Its extensive audio capabilities include 32 tracks of audio with analog, AES digital, embedded audio over SDI and HDMI, or Ethernet-based Dante. Powerful network control capabilities include browser-based Ethernet machine control and drag-and-drop network file transfer.

For more information on Sound Devices and its innovations over the last 15 years, visit www.SoundDevices.com or www.facebook.com/sounddevices.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The 15-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

P!NK takes off with Sennheiser

International superstar P!NK’s The Truth About Love arena tour is wowing audiences around the world with its incredible mixture of chart-topping tunes, aerial acrobatics, and sheer no-holds-barred entertainment – all powered by audio equipment from Sennheiser. The 140-date 2013 tour sees P!NK perform like never before, flying above the audience, dancing between two stages and diving into water – a demanding high-energy extravaganza that required custom solutions from the audio specialist.

Today’s arena shows offer ever-increasing level of spectacle, fusing sound, vision, special effects and pure performance. In taking to the road with The Truth About Love tour, P!NK has raised the bar even further, with an elaborate game-show themed concert that takes off in every sense – exploding into wild baroque performances and taking to the air with extensive aerial acrobatics driven by a wire system that lets the star travel to every corner of the arena. But how do you maintain great sound and all the emotion when everything is in motion?

Reaching new heights takes innovation:

Monitor assistant and sound engineer, Ben Byford described the challenge: “With this tour, the biggest challenge is that she is so much in the air. This show takes it further than anything I have ever done just because of the distances she can fly over the audience, the height, the movement, including spinning on her own axis. It’s definitely pushing it to a new level – technically and physically for her as well. It was vital to plan for this and get equipment that worked for the job.”

As Byford explained, the production relied heavily on solutions from Sennheiser, including custom prototypes developed specially for the tour: “The whole show is essentially all Sennheiser: every microphone, every in-ear system, every radio system – it’s all Sennheiser. The in-ears we use are Sennheiser 2000 series IEM systems. P!NK uses an SKM 2000 microphone, but with an MD 9235 head. The in-ear piece that she uses is a special prototype that we’re helping to test – a custom-made in-ear with an integrated microphone.”

That custom solution was developed by virtuoso monitor engineer, Horst Hartmann, who worked closely with Sennheiser. He explained that developing a special integrated monitor and microphone was the only way to cope with the highly physical nature of the performance, the aerial stunts and the lifts within the dance routines: “As well as the challenge of the range of motion, we also needed to provide P!NK with a headset that could also work in front of the PA because she is often flying above the audience and through the whole room. Additionally, the microphone had to sound as good as a hand-held one and had to be extremely resistant to feedback, like a hand-held would be.”

A headset with a neckband was ruled out because the set-up time would inhibit costume changes. They also needed a precise fit, as use of a cardioid mic meant that it had to stay in position right at the corner of P!NK’s mouth in order to receive the highest possible intensity of sound. On past tours, the team had used an earset mic taped in position on P!NK’s face but this time the audio team wanted to take things still further: “We came up with the idea of an in-ear with an integrated microphone,” said Horst Hartmann. “I’d seen referees, pilots, and firefighters wearing this but that’s about communication – walkie-talkie rather than the hi-fi quality we demanded. The capsule was already there: that of the HSP 4, an incredible microphone. Working with Sennheiser, we then developed the “hardware” around this capsule.”

Sennheiser developed a microphone that could be attached to the in-ear mould. With the in-ear fixed and securely in position, the attached microphone would stay in place with no adjustments. That was the theory, and in practice the solution proved a match for the demanding performance. Monitor engineer Jon Lewis explains: “Being integrated means that it’s very much set at the right position because it’s custom-made to the curve of her face, so there’s no movement. There’s nothing to tighten or loosen. So once it’s clicked into the in-ear piece, that’s it! This was perfect as any movement would have made things impossible, given the circus-style aspects of the show.”

Hartmann also describes the advantages of developing the whole solution with Sennheiser: “It’s now also one solution from one company, a simple solution that means everything is carried to the transmitter via the same cable. Much better for costume changes: You can take it off very quickly with one click, put a blind cover on it, so the connection is protected and that’s it. Sennheiser developed this just for P!NK’s current tour, and she liked it from the start. No other company offers this kind of product at the moment. And while it’s a prototype, it’s proved reliable – we don’t have any drop-outs when she is flying through the hall. It works perfectly.”

Instrument and ambience mics:

For miking the band, Chris Madden, FOH, and Horst Hartmann drew on the extensive range of wired Sennheiser microphones. The 24” kick drum was miked with an e 901 and an e 902, while the hi-hat and ride cymbal were picked up using e 914s. Two MKH 80s were used as overheads. The guitar cabs were captured with a total of three e 906s. The Leslie speaker was miked by three MK 4s, with two of them positioned at the top of the speaker, and one at the bottom.

In order to capture the audience reactions for the artists’ IEM receivers, Madden and Hartmann used two cardioid MKH 8040 for outside left and right, two MKH 8060 short gun mics for inside left and right as well as two MKH 8070 long gun microphones for far left and right.

A global tour, a universal receiver:

The Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receiver delivered a robust backbone to the audio. With a switching bandwidth of 184 MHz, the EM 3732-II can be deployed worldwide. Hartmann explains that its versatility offered a solution that would work perfectly in any venue, in any country: “This is a universal receiver that is capable of working wherever the tour lands: We use receivers that are capable from 600 to 800 MHz and can be used in America, Europe, and Asia. We do need to occasionally change the hand-held transmitters, but have two versions to cover both 600 and 700 MHz. We also love that the EM 3732-II is compatible with the 2000 series as well as the 5000s series transmitters.”

The Truth About Love – partnership counts:

The flexibility of the products and the audio specialist’s readiness to go the extra mile in developing dedicated prototypes has made Sennheiser a true partner to the tour. “Sennheiser are always there for us,” said Chris Madden. “You just have to pick up the phone or e-mail and you’re being supported – no matter what you ask for.” Ben Byford agrees: “There’s no other manufacturer that you feel you can just pick up the phone and ask for advice or ask for new products. It’s definitely the aftersales and the relationship side that makes Sennheiser stand out as a partner.” For Hartmann, reliability is also key: “The most important thing is that the solutions and devices are perfectly reliable. On a tour like this, you really depend on the equipment to perform each and every day.“

“It’s a great pleasure for Sennheiser to be able to support high flying touring artists such as P!NK,” said Pierre Morant, Global Relations Manager for EMEA at Sennheiser, “Taking a hands-on and collaborative approach is the key to making these relationships successful and to delivering the best service and products. In this case, working closely with Horst Hartmann was the key to innovating a new solution that has taken our ability to deliver flawless sound to – quite literally – new heights.“

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: The Truth About Love 2013/2014 tour sees P!NK perform like never before – extensive aerial acrobatics are part of her energetic show
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

2: Chris Madden, FOH engineer for P!NK, with Horst Hartmann, monitors (l/r)

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LAWO GROUP EXPANDS MARKETING TEAM

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—July 11, 2013… Andreas Hilmer, 40, has joined German audio console specialist Lawo AG as Director of Marketing & Communications. In his new role, he will direct all marketing and communications strategies for the Lawo group of companies. The appointment follows a recent period of expansion of activities for the company, and its entry into new areas of broadcast with its recently introduced line of video processing products.

“I’m delighted to be joining Lawo. My appointment comes at pivotal time in the growth of the company, providing us with exciting opportunities for the future”, Hilmer confirms. more

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Prism Sound’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE Travels To Helsinki

High profile guest speakers from Texas Instruments and Klippel are joining the next Prism Sound/Oxford Digital Audio Design Workshop LIVE, which takes place in Helsinki on August 21st, 2013. In an industry first, this groundbreaking event will be webcast live from the 51st AES Convention to audiences around the world.

The registration page for the live webcast can be found here:

http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com

The event, which is held in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society (AES), is open to all engineers, engineering managers, students and academics involved in audio engineering. It will feature seminar sessions and workshops hosted by some of the most experienced engineers in the audio industry who will share their knowledge and practical expertise in active loudspeaker design, providing the audience with an opportunity to learn from their many decades of collective experience.

“The seminar sessions will cover aspects of analogue and digital audio system design and optimization, with a major emphasis on real-world, practical problem solving,” says Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement Product Specialist at Prism Sound. “Our audience will have plenty of opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and for networking with the presenters and other participants. This is a fantastic chance for everyone involved in audio engineering to learn the tricks of the trade from luminaries within the audio industry.”

Prism Sound and Oxford Digital, who have joined forces to organise the Audio Design Workshop LIVE series, have extensive experience in the field of audio engineering.

Prism Sound has been developing audio measurement solutions for over 25 years and has pioneered many major innovations in this field. The company offers high quality audio analyzers that are suited to a wide range of test and manufacturing environments.

Oxford Digital specialises in digital audio signal processing for mobile and consumer equipment. Its products include an extremely compact audio DSP core with a rapid programming and development environment and Sonic Tuning Tools that allow rapid optimisation of the sound reproduced by compact loudspeaker systems. The complete toolset is targeted at reducing time-to-market and lowering software maintenance costs.

Audio Design Workshop LIVE will feature seminar sessions and Q&A opportunities where delegates will have the chance to ask the panellists for answers and advice.

Places for Audio Design Workshop LIVE are limited and anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to register now. This can be done online via the dedicated registration page: http://audiodesignworkshoplivehelsinki-SS.eventbrite.com or by calling +44 (0)1353 648 888.

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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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