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Pensado Awards Announces Winners

Inaugural awards show, “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” reveals honorees in 16 categories

Live ceremony was highlighted by presentations from Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, was the place to be on June 28, 2014, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place. A live video production of the ceremony is now online on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/sB7r2u2EWRs. The ceremony hosted a crowd of over 600 recording industry figures – some as proud nominees, some as presenters, some there to simply be a part of the evening – including Martina McBride, Neil Young, Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons), Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, U2, Lady Gaga), Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Keyshia Cole) and many more. A special highlight was a taped tribute to the winner of the Pensado Giant Award from Sir Paul McCartney.

Co-hosts included singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges the following talented individuals and their work:

Game Changer Producer of the Year: Alex da Kid
Break Thru Songwriter: Kendrick Lamar for “Swimming Pools”
Spin Doctor DJ Award: DJ Ali and MAKJ
Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming: Saturday Night Live and Alan Meyerson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
OMG! Mix of the Year: Tony Maserati and Manny Marroquin
Unique Project Studio: HeartsRevolution
Break Thru Mixer: Drumsonic Daniel
Best Non-English Song: Jeff Kung for “Suspended Memories”
Tracking Engineer: Ross Hogarth
Master of Mastering: Brad Blackwood
Live/FOH: John McBride
AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner): Ghosts Web of SoundCap Audio
Outstanding Brand: Universal Audio/UAD and Vintage King Audio
Dave Pensado Educator Award: John McBride
Herb Trawick Visionary Award: Steven Slate and Alex da Kid
Pensado Giant Award: Al Schmitt, presented by Neil Young with a special video tribute from Sir Paul McCartney

A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, stated, “It was truly thrilling to be able to honor these winners and the rest of the nominees with the inaugural Pensado Awards. We thank them for their contributions to the industry.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added, “So many talented individuals go unnoticed every year in the music industry, and the Pensado Awards was able to honor a few of these figures and congratulate them on a job well done. The show was a huge success, and we are excited at the prospect of doing it all again next year.”

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R, front row: Pensado Awards Co-Host Lisa Loeb; Pensado Giant Award winner Al Schmitt; OMG! Mix of the Year winner Manny Marroquin; and Leon Pendarvis, Saturday Night Live musical director, recipient of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming. Pictured L-R, back row: Game Changer Producer of the Year winner Alex da Kid; and Break Thru Mixer winner Drumsonic Daniel. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

Photo Caption 2: Pensado Award winners and presenters gathered on stage for the ceremony’s finale, with Dave Pensado (podium left) and Herb Trawick (podium right). Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

iZotope Releases New BreakTweaker Expansion: Modern Grooves by Black Octopus

Cambridge, MA — iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, and Black Octopus, creators of high-quality sounds for music production, have released Modern Grooves, a new expansion pack for iZotope’s acclaimed drum sculpting and beat sequencing plug-in, BreakTweaker.

Featuring modern, clean, and crisp sounds with a dash of retro throwback, the expansion includes more than 300 sounds with 40 presets—all designed to have a timeless feel and work well with a wide range of material.

In an interview with iZotope, Black Octopus founder Toby Emerson describes his approach to creating Modern Grooves: “I hope the pack will provide something for artists of all skill levels. Users can start with the presets and then tweak the sounds to create something original… For people wanting to sketch ideas in the studio, I tried to lay out the patterns in a musically logical way—someone could jam out full tracks on the fly just by switching between the patterns using a keyboard or MIDI controller.”

Modern Grooves can be seen and heard on iZotope’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/y801efft7HU

Pricing and availability:

• Modern Grooves is available now at iZotope.com for $39.00.
• BreakTweaker is on sale now through July 31, 2014 for $199 (save $50) or BreakTweaker Expanded for $249 (save $50).
• BreakTweaker is available with demo content as a free 10-day trial at iZotope.com/BreakTweaker.

Visit the iZotope blog for more on Modern Grooves, including a full Q&A with Toby Emerson of Black Octopus Sound.

About iZotope
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones Receives Local Emmy® Nomination for Best Entertainment Programming

KCET’s Artbound Special Explores Creativity and Innovation Behind Visionary Experimental Opera, Made Possible with Sennheiser Audio Technology

Old Lyme, CT, July 16, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones has been nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones was commissioned by Sennheiser and produced by KCET, the leading independent public media organization serving Southern California, and The Industry, the L.A. based experimental opera company.

The local Emmy® Awards will be presented at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmys Ceremony on July 26, 2014, at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones [kcet.org/invisiblecities] was featured online and on-air last December in a multimedia series for KCET’s arts and culture series, Artbound. The series provided an exclusive, in-depth look at the artisitic and technological challenges that collaborators The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser faced in creating the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. Yuval Sharon, Founder and Artistic Director of The Industry, contacted Sennheiser in early 2013 to help make the wireless opera production become a reality.

“Invisible Cities would not have been possible without Sennheiser’s support,” Sharon explains. “I actually feel like Sennheiser was a creative partner for me because it was their technology, their spirit of innovation and their love of experimentation that really gave me the confidence to create this project in the first place. The fact that they came on board at such an early stage and really wanted to support something that was a vision and not yet tangible as a reality and said ‘yes’ gave me the confidence to move forward and create this project.”

Invisible Cities, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, took audience members on a multi-sensory journey through Los Angeles’ Union Station, where they experienced an operatic narrative consisting of live dance performance, orchestral music and dramatic dialog: all driven by wireless headphone technology.

In addition to hundreds of wireless consumer headphones worn by attending opera patrons, the production utilized other Sennheiser technology including wired and wireless microphones, IEM (In Ear Monitor) systems, a complex antenna farm set up through the terminal, as well as Sennheiser’s latest innovation: its state of the art Digital 9000 system, which delivered eight channels of uncompressed, artifact free audio.

About Invisible Cities:

Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “signal cultural event” and “a delicate and beautiful opera” by The Los Angeles Times, Invisible Cities was a joint production by The Industry and L.A. Dance Project which premiered at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and performed to sold-out audiences during its run in October and early November 2013. Based on Italo Calvino’s fantastical novel, the opera was composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone, conceived and directed by The Industry’s founder and artistic director Yuval Sharon, with choreography by Danielle Agami. The production utilized wireless technology provided by Sennheiser, offering audience members headphones to hear the opera amid the normal “hustle and bustle” of the train stationís everyday life.

About KCET:

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1. Invisible Cities took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station during Fall, 2013 (photo credit: Dana Ross)
2. Sennheiser’s David Missall describes Sennheiser’s technical contribution to Invisible Cities in KCET’s Artbound series.
3. During Invisible Cities, a series of Sennheiser antennas were placed throughout the facility to ensure seamless wireless coverage to both consumers and production staff.

Master Voice Actor Rodney Saulsberry Considers the ‘Real Person Read’ and the Sennheiser MKH 416 Microphone Indispensable Elements in his Craft

The MKH 416 Shotgun Mic Helps Navigate Saulsberry Through a Sea of Diverse Work, Ranging from Television Promos, to Motion Picture Work, to Political Ads

New York — July 15, 2014: An incredibly diverse voiceover actor, Rodney Saulsberry’s ‘breakout moment’ in behind the scenes narration came as the popularity of the voiceover movie trailer peaked in the late ’90s. Following his work on the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Saulsberry’s career skyrocketed and he has since become one of the industry’s most in demand voice actors, working on spots for television, motion pictures, video games and more. Since his early days of doing movie trailer work, the Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone has played a foundational role in his success.

In addition to his trailer narration work on Red Tails, Friday, The Best Man, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and many others, Saulsberry is also known for his work on Twix and Zatarain’s commercials and is the author of two published books on voice acting. As an on-screen actor, he has appeared in Beginners, The Philadelphia Experiment, Tango and Cash and has been nominated twice for his role as Anthony on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful — for which he was nominated for two Best Actor NAACP Image Awards.

Currently, in addition to his recurring work as the Zatarain’s man and The Bold and the Beautiful, Saulsberry’s voice can be heard around the world doing English promos for the international television network Telemundo. Saulsberry says that his vast experience as an actor has helped him remain top of mind among voiceover agents in an industry that is constantly changing.

“What makes me get the call is my ability to deliver the ‘real person read’,” he says. “Today, the challenge is to get rid of the ‘announcer style’ and make the copy more conversational. This is when the actor inside me comes out and why it is so important to know that voice over is really voice acting. You also need to hone your improvisation skills. When I improvise, I am not changing the script or rewriting, but I am making it my own.”

Sennheiser MKH 416: The ‘Instrument that Captures the Voice’

No matter what kind of voice acting he is doing, the Sennheiser MKH 416 remains Saulsberry’s standard ‘go-to’ microphone. He began using the MKH 416 during the 1990′s, especially doing movie trailer work: “When I would go to the major trailer houses around town, this was the microphone that I would be speaking into most of the time,” he recalls. Currently, he uses an MKH 416 at home in his soundproof isolation booth, which can connect to studios around the world by using a Telos Zephyr Express ISDN codec.

“I don’t even have a preamp — I plug my MKH 416 right into the back of the Telos Zephyr and it sounds great,” he says. “I work for a company in London and with my Sennheiser mic and the Telos unit, it makes me sound like I am in England, 3,000 miles away. Engineers notice and appreciate this.” Saulsberry says that he often does singing parts as well as spoken word, and that the MKH 416 is versatile enough to handle both tasks without any trouble.

Saulsberry appreciates the incredibly accurate response of the MKH 416, yet considers the mic extremely accommodating to whatever signal is being presented: “It sounds contradictory, but the microphone is very detailed but also very forgiving. It is almost saying, ‘I am out to get the best of you and will make amends so it sounds right.’ As far as my own technique is concerned, I move closer on the mic if I want to accentuate the low frequencies, or back up if I want to shout. The mic just adapts.”

No matter what kind of session Saulsberry is working on, he knows his Sennheiser MKH 416 will be there to capture ‘the real person read,’ “It captures every detail where other microphones might miss, including the ‘air’ at the end of phrases,” he observes. “It brings the presence out of my voice and I love that.”

For more information on Rodney Saulsberry, please visit www.rodneysaulsberry.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Zen Studio Makes its Debut at Summer NAMM as Antelope Audio Revolutionizes Mobile Recording

Zen Studio Delivers Unprecedented Track Count, Conversion Quality and Clocking Capabilities in a ‘Road Ready’ Compact Package

Nashville, July 14, 2014 – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 257] announced that it will be exhibiting at Summer NAMM, showcasing Zen Studio: its revolutionary new portable audio interface that features a total of 38 simultaneous inputs — including 12 studio grade mic pres — and 32 outputs. The Zen Studio, which also includes Antelope’s best in class clocking functionality and unprecedented channel routing, began shipping last month and is priced at just $2,495.

Antelope will conduct demonstrations between Thursday, July 17th and Saturday, July 19th, focusing on the various features and functionality of the Zen — including its powerful control panel, which makes it the perfect tool whether you are on the road or in the studio. Similar to other Antelope Audio products, Zen Studio has already attracted a high profile user base, including multiple GRAMMY Award® winning engineer Brian Vibberts [Aerosmith, Garth Brooks] and Ryan Shanahan [Lady Gaga, Orianthi].

In addition to Zen Studio, Antelope Audio will also demonstrate its Orion32 multi-channel interface, which features 32 channels of 192 kHz I/O through USB in a single 1U rack space unit. The Orion32 is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and routinely used within the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Howie Weinberg and many others.

Going Mobile: Zen Studio and You:

Zen is a world-class quality interface that easily fits inside a backpack or gear bag and is perfectly suited for traveling musicians, location sound engineers, field recordists and many other end users seeking the ultimate in portability and sound quality. Equally useful as a stand alone device or as the perfect companion to an Orion32, Zen was born out of the need for a studio-quality portable recording solution that can go anywhere.

For more information on Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/zen-studio-portable-audio-interface.

Connectivity:

• 20 analog inputs, 14 analog outputs (includes headphone outs)
• 12 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
• 8 mic/line inputs
• 4 mic/line/instrument inputs
• 2 Independently assignable headphone outputs
• 2 DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
• 1 Stereo monitor out
• 4 ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
• 2 SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
• 2 Inserts over TRS
• 2 Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
• 1 Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0

About Antelope Audio:
www.AntelopeAudio.com

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of master clocks, A/D & D/A converters and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 32-channel AD/DA USB audio interface and extremely precise master clock in only 1U. Orion32 is a breakthrough technology, offering both studio and live-recording audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

AES 55th International Conference to Focus On Spatial Audio – Recording, Reproduction and Perception

New York, NY, July 10, 2014 — The AES 55th International Conference, focusing on Spatial Audio, is set to take place August 27-29, 2014, at the Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Registration is open for this multi-day conference, which will bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of spatial audio, including recording and reproduction, perception, transmission, coding and more. Dedicated workshops will give a cutting-edge view of the practical implementation of spatial audio in applications such as broadcasting, game audio and the recording industry. Conference chairperson for this event is Lauri Savioja, along with Technical Program chair Ville Pulkki, Paper chair Tapio Lokki, and Workshop chairs Kalev Tiits and Florian Camerer. Conference sponsors are Aalto University, Genelec, Neumann, Nokia and the Sibelius Academy.

Spatial Audio – one of the largest research topics in the field of audio – has taken on ever-increasing importance and interest for both the professional and consumer audio markets. The 55th Conference will address the fundamental production and reproduction issues of multichannel audio systems, as well as techniques for creating and controlling multidirectional perceptions through headphones and loudspeakers.

The conference kicks off on Wednesday with an opening presentation titled “The Adventure of Spatial Sound Reproduction” given by chairperson Sascha Spors, which will be followed by three days of workshops, posters, papers and tutorials on Spatial Audio-related topics. Each day will offer up a variety of events on spatial sound techniques, engineering and psychoacoustics. Topics will include Sound Field Capture with Microphone Arrays and Proximity Microphones; Decoding of High Order Ambisonics; Sound Field Reproduction of Vibroacoustic Models; Immersive Multi-party Conferencing Systems; Evaluation of Sound Field Synthesis Techniques; and more. Additional events include a pre-conference tutorial entitled “Psychoacoustics and Technologies of Spatial Sound” given by Ville Pulkki and other spatial audio demonstrations at Aalto University, as well as a Thursday evening AES banquet in downtown Helsinki.

“Spatial Audio and its realized potentials have become hot topics at our conventions and conferences for several years now, and continue to grow,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “With the increased challenges and opportunities brought about with ever-changing immersive audio products and entertainment, we continue to explore and set the standards, through conferences such as these, that will dictate production rules of audio perception for future generations. We are very excited to see what comes out of this conference as we look forward.”

For program details, registration, and travel information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/55/.

RTW Announces Legacy Trade-In Program

Initiative Offers Exchange of Used RTW Devices at Exclusive Pricing

COLOGNE, JULY 14, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, has announced an extensive trade-in program. Customers will have the opportunity to exchange their existing inventory of legacy RTW devices for latest-generation products, which provide loudness metering in compliance with worldwide standards, at attractive pricing.

Through October 31, 2014, customers can return any number of functioning devices from the RTW Peakmeter, PortaMonitor, DigitalMonitor or SurroundMonitor ranges and purchase the same amount of new devices in any configuration at an extra discount of 10 percent. For additional details, customers are encouraged to call their dealers or systems vendors. They can also contact RTW directly.

“With the recent release of the new TM3-Primus, as well as our continuous license offerings for our TouchMonitors, we felt this was a good way to give customers the opportunity to upgrade to our latest products and innovations,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The RTW trade-in program will help our customers experience new tools at a cost-effective price point.”

For more information about RTW’s trade-in/trade-up program, please visit www.rtw.de.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Audio-Technica Unveils Blog Space at blog.audio-technica.com

— Informative blog features tips on practical, real-world miking and recording techniques,along with artist interviews and more —

STOW, OH, July 7, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, recently unveiled a blog, known as “Where It’s A-T,” at http://blog.audio-technica.com. With regularly updated content, the blog features artist interviews, guest blogger entries, helpful hints and tricks direct from top audio professionals, product spotlights and more. Topics of discussion have included feedback elimination, drum miking/recording, tips for choosing a HOW contractor, miking a guitar speaker, recording an upright bass, recaps of industry events, A-T rebates and many others.

Guest bloggers have included producer/mixer/engineer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Blink-182) and Steve Lagudi (Testament, Exodus, Ill Nino), and interview subjects have included James Garcia (The Nerds), Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand), Richard Chycki (Dream Theater, Rush, Aerosmith), Joel Singer (award-winning engineer/mixer, co-founder and chief engineer of Music Mix Mobile) Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake) and other industry leaders.

Please check the blog regularly for new features every week.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Vermont Public Radio Ignites HD Radio™ Broadcasts with GatesAir Solution

End-to-end architecture reliably transports high-quality on-air services to high-efficiency Flexiva™ solid-state transmitter

CINCINNATI, July 9, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced it is supporting Vermont Public Radio’s HD Radio™ broadcasts with a complete architecture to reliably transport and transmit three digital channels and a main FM signal. The installation includes a new GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitter to support higher HD Radio and analog power levels, improving over-the-air coverage while minimizing operational costs.

The end-to-end solution transports on-air program audio (and all program-associated data) over IP to the broadcaster’s transmitter site — retaining exceptional quality across the chain. At the transmitter site, a Flexiva 10kW transmitter is running 6kW at -14dB power injection levels for HD Radio, helping Vermont Public Radio deliver its unique programming to a wider audience with exceptional audio quality.

The GatesAir solution gives Vermont Public Radio a complete architecture to support analog and digital radio services, with substantial efficiency improvements at the transmitter site that reduce maintenance, cooling and power costs. This allows the public broadcaster to keep costs manageable while operating high-quality digital radio services.

“We were all initially very impressed with the physical construction of the Flexiva transmitter,” said Joe Tymecki, director of engineering, Vermont Public Radio. “Its ability to maintain normal rated power through module changes and other maintenance procedures keeps our signal consistent for listeners, and its simple layout offers an easy learning curve for any engineer. Overall, the ease of serviceability and maintenance is a big cost benefit as it reduces our labor requirements. We also air condition our transmitter sites, and the Flexiva offers an efficiency advantage over other transmitters that will lower our power bills.”

GatesAir can support any digital radio transport method, including multiple generations of the HD Radio Exgine architecture. Vermont Public Radio houses its GatesAir HDE-200 Program Exporter at the transmitter site, with a direct connection to its GatesAir Flexiva exciter – an exciter that keeps the station’s over-the-air signals sharp, stable and in mask compliance per FCC regulations. At the studio, the GatesAir HDI-200 Importer prepares HD Radio program audio and data for delivery over IP to the transmitter site, alongside uncompressed audio for the FM broadcast.

“GatesAir’s legacy of HD Radio innovation focuses on end-to-architectures that help broadcasters support engaging digital services for the purpose of enticing a new generation of over-the-air listeners,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We are proud to call Vermont Public Radio a long-time GatesAir customer, trusting our complete solutions to create, transport and transmit high-quality and forward-looking over-the-air services.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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Video Devices PIX 260i Streamlines Multi-Campus Workflow For Bethlehem Baptist Church

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 8, 2014 – When Bethlehem Baptist Church was looking for a reliable video/audio solution for recording and playback of weekly services among the house of worship’s multiple campuses, it turned to the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder from Video Devices, a new brand of Sound Devices that is dedicated to the company’s mission critical video products. The church utilizes five PIX 260i’s to ensure the highest quality video and audio when rebroadcasting sermons to the campuses.

Comprised of three campuses (Downtown, North and South), Bethlehem Baptist Church hosts multiple services a week. In order to ensure that all three campuses have a current sermon from the main pastor, Associate Director for Media Ministries Jonathan Davis records the Saturday night service using the PIX 260i. He then sends the recording for playback to the two campuses not being served by the preaching pastor, on a particular Sunday morning. Recorded files can be transferred over Ethernet or delivered on one of the four drives that the 260i is able to simultaneously record to. The Downtown and North campuses feature a full production setup, while the South Campus is a portable campus at a local high school for the Sunday morning services. The Downtown and North campuses each have two PIX 260is, and the South campus has another.

The PIX 260i’s extensive audio capabilities are an essential component for the facility. The facility records both the mono- and stereo-feed of the house, as well as an iso of the pastor’s mic. Using the PIX 260i, the facility is able to send and receive all audio over Dante to and from its Yamaha CL5 mixing system. In order to cater to its ethnically diverse members, Bethlehem Baptist Church also records live Spanish and Russian translations. The multiple track count gives the facility room to grow in terms of having additional isolated audio tracks available, when needed. In addition, with only two full-time media staff members, the facility needed a user-friendly solution to cater to its large volunteer base. The PIX 260i’s large display and easy-to-use controls enable non-professionals to use the equipment with ease on an ongoing basis.

“We found that the PIX 260i met all of our criteria, and most importantly, it was seamlessly incorporated into our existing AV system,” says Davis. “The PIX 260i gives us ultimate flexibility in being able to record content from SDI or HDMI, and to get that content back out just as easily. In addition, the PIX 260i allows us to take whatever we record and deliver it directly into our post-production workflow in order to post services online as well as streamline our other productions.”

Davis and the church are already familiar with the company’s products, as they have used its PIX 240i recorder for on-location productions. “We found the PIX 240i to be very proficient and an improvement to our workflow, so when we heard about the PIX 260i, we knew we had to give it a look. It sounded perfect for what we needed,” says Davis. “We needed something that was rock-solid reliable, because when it comes to church services, it is a timed event. There isn’t a backup and you don’t get a do-over. The Video Devices PIX 260i gives us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure that we capture the services and are able to play them back at both our fixed and mobile locations.”

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and other production-based AV environments looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records either QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats or WAV format audio files. Files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, the PIX 260i is infused with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

“The customer service that we receive from Sound Devices has been absolutely amazing,” adds Davis. “One of my favorite things about Sound Devices is how proactive they are in sending out firmware updates — not only do they fix any potential bugs, but they add new features, which is rare today. They take such great care of their customers.”

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

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