Waves Ships Kaleidoscopes Plug-in

Waves Kaleidoscopes Plug-in
Waves Kaleidoscopes Plug-in

Knoxville, TN (September 9, 2020)—Waves Audio has shipped its new Kaleidoscopes plug-in, which creates a selection of classic analog studio effects from over the years, such as 1960s phasing and tape flanging, 1970s stadium tremolo-guitar vibes and 1980s chorus sounds.

The plug-in sports Dual Cascade engines, allowing users to combine or “cascade” any two effects for additional textures, or run in parallel. The plug-in also features intelligent triggers that respond dynamically to performances in real time.

On each of the two engines, users choose a selection of waveshapes or any sidechain signal from a DAW session to be the modulation input. A performance can also be chosen as the input, allowing live playing to control the sound in real time and drive the pulsing of the effect.

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Control options include Speed, Resonance, Width and Depth of the modulation, plus filter settings and mix knobs. There are also five different effect “characters” for different analog flavors, and users can tempo-sync the modulation effect to their DAW sessions to keep things consistent every time they re-open a song.

The plug-in also offers an added THRU mode for a stompbox-styled sound, with the dry signal on one channel and the wet signal on the other.

With the Intelligent Triggering section, users can set input-sensitive envelopes and adjust intelligent triggers, enabling the two effects to “listen” to a performance and respond dynamically

Kaleidoscopes is included in Waves’ Mercury, Pro Show and SD7 Pro Show bundles.

Waves Audio • http://www.waves.com

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Mixer Captures ‘Great Performances’ with Lectrosonics

Production sound mixer Reid Mangan has been using Lectrosonics gear to record virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, host of the PBS Great Performances Series Now Hear This
Production sound mixer Reid Mangan has been using Lectrosonics gear to record virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, host of the PBS Great Performances Series Now Hear This.

Austin, TX (September 9, 2020)—As virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, host of the PBS Great Performances Series Now Hear This, travels the world, production sound mixer Reid Mangan brings along a raft of Lectrosonics wireless gear to capture the musical performances and dialogue.

“For the music performances, I’m running up to 10 channels of cabled mics and am focusing on mic placement to get an ideal sound from each instrument. And I capture dialogue at the same time,” says Mangan. His kit includes SRb and SRc receivers in an SL-6 dock with a Sound Devices 688 recorder, SMV, SMQV and LT transmitters, and an HMa plug-on transmitter paired with a UCR411a receiver for occasional boom work.

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“Because this is a documentary show and not scripted, we don’t get to do alternate takes if there’s a technical problem. Point being, for the dialogue, I need wireless that I can set and forget. I can’t hold a boom over someone’s head at the same time I’m doing everything else; we need whatever is happening right in front of us to come through in the moment and sound natural, with no surprises. Lectrosonics is better in that regard than any other brand I’ve ever used.”

He is quick to point out that Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology has made the process smooth sailing no matter where the show finds itself. “We’ve filmed on three continents, including North America, Europe and Africa,” he notes. “Normally, every time you cross a border you have to put together an audio bag specifically for that country or region. That hasn’t been the case here. The receivers always lock onto open frequencies, and between Scott and his guests we’ll usually have up to four channels of wireless going, though sometimes I’ve used six.

“We’re often shooting in buildings that are in busy city centers with tons of RF activity,” he explains. “We’ve used the 250-milliwatt mode on the SMV and SMQV more than I expected. We also like the SMV because it’s small and can be easily hidden on the talent.

Lectrosonics • www.lectrosonics.com

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Dining Hall Serves Up Sound

Jesuit preparatory school Loyola Blakefield recently upgraded its Dining Hall with a new sound system based around Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.
Jesuit preparatory school Loyola Blakefield recently upgraded its Dining Hall with a new sound system based around Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.

Towson, MD (September 9, 2020)—Jesuit preparatory school Loyola Blakefield recently upgraded its Dining Hall with a new sound system based around Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.

“This system allows our facility to be used for everything from morning prayer to emergency announcement,” said Steve Morill, IT Director for Loyola Blakefield. “It is a popular space for special events of many sizes with ever-changing seating arrangements. We want to offer the best possible learning environment for our students, and this space posed many challenges.”

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With that in mind, the school contacted Lee Hartman & Sons, Inc. to discuss approaches to the space. “We had concerns about the aesthetics, and we didn’t want to invade the space with too many speakers,” said Mike Flaherty, sales engineer at Lee Hartman & Sons. “However, we wanted to ensure that the sound worked well in this acoustically challenging area.” Part of that challenge comes from the fact that the Dining Hall at Loyola Blakefield is not a traditional school cafeteria. It has a crisp, modern look that incorporates woodwork and stained-glass windows—all surfaces that would reflect audio and create aural havoc.

To avoid that, the team turned to Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series, which makes use of Renkus-Heinz’ digital beam steering technology. The hall now utilizes two arrays of ICLive X loudspeakers. Each array is made up of two ICLX units. Renkus-Heinz TA62s are also installed in the front side corners of the space using the company’s Complex Conic constant directivity waveguide design to provide consistent coverage across a space. A pair of TX-61s are installed on the balcony level ensure coverage as well.

“Once we had the speakers installed, we spent about 20 minutes aiming the beams through the RHAON software,” said John Hurley, engineer at Lee Hartman & Sons, Inc. “The sound went from pretty good when they weren’t aimed at all, to truly amazing.”

Renkus-Heinz • www.renkus-heinz.com

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Millennia Media Launches HV‐316 Mic Preamp

Millennia Media HV‐316 Mic Preamp
Millennia Media HV‐316 Mic Preamp

Sierra Nevada, CA (September 9, 2020)—Millennia Media has introduced its new fully remote‐controllable microphone preamplifier, the HV‐316. The unit is intended for a variety of applications and locations, including live touring racks, scoring stages, remote recording trucks, studio complexes, sampler houses, hot‐rack installs, concert halls, outdoor facilities, schools and networked music venues, as well as applications like environmental recording, as it offers 12V batter operation.

The HV‐316 is housed in a 10 lbs. 1U aluminum chassis housing 16 channels of Millennia HV‐3 microphone preamplifiers with simultaneous analog and Dante 32‐bit / 192 kHz Ethernet outputs. Other digital‐audio output options are planned, including USB and MADI.

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The unit is designed for high‐temperature continuous operation (65°C / 150°F), is powered by both 12 VDC and worldwide 80‐264 VAC, and features ‘pi filter’ shielding on audio and digital feeds to prevent interference.

Millennia remote mic preamps can operate together on a single Ethernet network, providing up to 256 redundant audio channels and allowing users to remotely control Gain, Polarity, Pad, Mute, channel Linking, high‐pass filter, selectable true‐DC Ribbon or Phantom paths on every channel. The unit employs integrated, new generation AKM 192 kHz A‐D converters and more, providing reported a +34 dBu input headroom / 130 dB dynamic range.

The HV‐316 will ship in October with an introductory price of $5,300 for 16 channels, or $3,500 for a short-loaded eight-channel unit. An optional analog output board will also be available for $745 (8 ch).

Millennia Media • www.mil‐media.com

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‘Tree of Knowledge’ Podcast Rooted in RME Interface

The home podcasting studio for Roy Rotstein's Tree of Knowledge podcast.
The home podcasting studio for Roy Rotstein’s Tree of Knowledge podcast.

San Diego, CA (September 8, 2020)—The science-themed podcast, Tree of Knowledge, explores topics ranging from vaccine development to neuroimaging, easing the learning curve for its listeners. Show host Roy Rotstein had his own learning curve, however, when he founded the podcast over a year ago, as he had to put together his own home studio to produce the show.

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Key to that endeavor, he says, was RME’s Babyface Pro 24-channel USB audio interface, which he first came across at last year’s PodFest Expo. “One of the things I liked best about the Babyface Pro is that you don’t need any audio background in order to operate it — you just plug it in and go,” Rotstein said. “I can use it for recoding solo episodes where I’m reading off a script, and I can use it when I conduct on-site interviews.”

When conducting in-person interviews,the Babyface Pro is a regular part of his portable setup, along with two mics with stands and his laptop. “The portability of the Babyface Pro has been an enormous boon for me,” Rotstein said. “The fact that I have this little device which is just a little larger than my cell phone and is able to handle all the audio requirements that I need is huge.”

RME • www.rme-usa.com

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Sixième Son Upgrades to Genelec 5.1 System

Global sonic branding agency Sixième Son recently upgraded the studio facilities at its headquarters in France to a 5.1 setup based around Genelec Smart Active Monitors.
Global sonic branding agency Sixième Son recently upgraded the studio facilities at its headquarters in France to a 5.1 setup based around Genelec Smart Active Monitors.

France (September 8, 2020)—Global sonic branding agency Sixième Son recently upgraded the studio facilities at its headquarters in France to a 5.1 setup based around Genelec Smart Active Monitors.

Ella Duda, international strategy director at Sixième Son, explained, “We had been using older Genelec models, which have served us incredibly well, so it was only natural that we sought out new monitors from the same brand…there wasn’t any doubt which brand we would go with.”

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Founded in 1995, Sixième Son’s team of composers and sound designers has tailor-made audio identities for more than 400 clients, including global brands such as Krug, Samsung, Renault and Coca-Cola.

The studio decided to make the move from a 2.1 solution to a 5.1 setup composed of three 8341A coaxial three-way monitors as LCR, a pair of the more compact 8331A coaxial models for the surrounds and a 7370A subwoofer handling the low frequencies.

The company’s need was influenced mainly by the increase in demand for broadcast mixing for films. With people returning to a safe working environment as France has emerged from its lockdown, the team at Sixième Son are quickly getting to grips with their new monitoring setup. “It has been an instant hit,” says Duda. “The precision that the solution gives us, in terms of frequency and depth, is incredible.”

“Now that we have our Genelec setup, we can improve the way we work on complex projects, like a VR apartment tour which we recently completed, and be more creative at the same time,” adds studio manager Romain Morlat. “As a bonus, the experiences that we give our customers at the studio are more immersive than ever. Now, since we can do absolutely everything in house, there’s no need to outsource for surround mixes. It’s a great feeling and a milestone for us.”

Genelec • www.genelecusa.com

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Martin Audio Releases XP Connect iOS App

The new app brings users control functionality of the BlacklineX Powered loudspeaker series.
The new app brings users control functionality of the BlacklineX Powered loudspeaker series.

New York, NY (September 8, 2020)—Martin Audio has released its first iOS app, XP Connect, which allows users to connect with and stream to the company’s BlacklineX Powered loudspeakers.

While the BlacklineX Powered line has always offered streaming, controlled by rotary panel controls on the backs of the speakers, the app provides another way to achieve that, all from within one’s iPhone.

Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, noted, “The user base of BlacklineX Powered has grown substantially since launch, and we thought it was now timely to introduce the app to the market, rewarding those users and encouraging others to the virtues of this series.”

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In determining the navigation path and User Interface, Orton said the challenges had been simple usability. “We needed to give full control to the end user, with all the functionality of the back panel and in an intuitive format. For the majority of users, it’s a quick and easy way to set up their loudspeakers and deliver a low-scale mix using simple controls, such as input faders, output faders and hi-pass filters.

“You can put them into pairing mode for streaming Bluetooth audio—and because we could control the speaker by Bluetooth as well as streaming, it also lends itself to tablet control,” he adds.

If the Bluetooth pairing on the loudspeaker is activated, it will automatically find the speaker and ask if the user wants to connect. Alternatively, in Demo mode, the user will be presented with a screen with faders—two channels, Bluetooth the main output fader for the loudspeaker and a clearly visible EQ button. Users can set them up as stereo loudspeakers or allow them to work in zones.

In practice, this means that a single connected BlacklineX Powered will allow mute control of all inputs and outputs, with signal level visualization and access to EQ and settings. Two connected enclosures will additionally offer the choice of Stereo or Zone modes, with three-band EQ and the hi-pass filters. It allows set up of the XP12 and XP15 in three modes: Full range, with sub added in, and with floor monitors.

The XP Connect app is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Martin Audio • www.martin-audio.com

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Rolling Stones Exhibition Gets Atmos-Infused PMC Setup

The Rolling Stones’ 2016 Havana, Cuba show will be remixed in Dolby Atmos on PMC speakers for the finale of the group’s new museum exhibition.
The Rolling Stones’ 2016 Havana, Cuba show will be remixed in Dolby Atmos on PMC speakers for the finale of the group’s new museum exhibition, The Rolling Stones – Unzipped. Dave J. Hogan

Groningen, Netherlands (September 8, 2020)—The Rolling Stones won’t be hitting the road anytime soon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but their stuff? That’s another story. The Rolling Stones – Unzipped is a museum exhibition that will kick off its own international tour in November at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands. Presenting classic moments from the group’s half-century of rocking and shocking, the highlight of the exhibition will be an immersive Dolby Atmos concert experience mixed and played back on a PMC speaker system.

Presented using Dolby Atmos for Music, the exhibition’s finale presentation is the band’s 2016 Latin America tour documentary, Olé, Olé, Olé, and concert footage from the band’s concert in Havana, Cuba. Five large screens will immerse fans, along with an array of PMC’s new Ci140 speakers and as yet unreleased flagship active subwoofers the BST, providing 23 channels of Dolby Atmos soundtrack powered by in excess of 20,000 watts.

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This event marks the first public use of PMC’s Ci series, with the Ci140-XBD, custom designed for the Stones, providing the L, C, R channels. 12 channels of surround and rear effects come from the Ci140 and eight overhead channels feature the Ci65 model. Additional bass support is provided by the new BST active subwoofers.

PMC's Highland Park Atmos Studio
PMC’s Highland Park Atmos Studio will be used for remixing the group’s 2016 Havana concert into Dolby Atmos for Music format.

Prior to the exhibition, PMC is working with the Rolling Stones’ label, Universal Music (UMG), on the remixing of the audio soundtrack into Atmos. This work is being undertaken by Nick Reeves, staff engineer at UMG’s Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, in the PMC equipped Studio C using Dolby’s technology. Additional mixing is taking place at PMC own Dolby Atmos equipped Highland Park Studio in LA, California.

PMC’s Maurice Patist commented, “To be involved in a project like this, with the biggest band in the world, is a major honor for PMC. Our close relationship with UMG and Dolby led to the creation of a state-of-the-art Atmos production studio at Capitol Studios, which is hailed as the reference for this kind of audio mixing.” He continues, “UMG will be mixing the soundtrack at Capitol and also at our own Atmos facility in Highland Park, LA, before it is replayed to the fans at this spectacular exhibition using the same speakers used for the mix. No other speaker system can get the fans nearer to the essence of the band and it is going to be a real treat for visitors.”

PMC • www.pmc-speakers.com

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Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition Nominations Close Friday

This is your last chance to nominate your products for The Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition taking place around this year's IBC Showcase, September 8-11!
This is your last chance to nominate your products for The Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition taking place around this year’s IBC Showcase, September 8-11!

New York, NY (September 3, 2020)—This is your last chance to nominate your products for The Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition taking place around this year’s IBC Showcase, September 8-11! Entry deadline is midnight, Friday, September 4, 2020 and there will be no further extensions.

The award program is the perfect platform to raise awareness for the new products and services that your company will be launching or showcasing around IBC’s virtual ‘Showcase’ event this September.

Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition Debuts

The Awards are supported by Future’s media and entertainment technology brands—TVBEurope, PSN, Radio World and TV Technology—and receive additional editorial coverage across our extended Future brand portfolio.

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of independent industry experts before the show. Factors taken into account include general quality and relevance of the product; design and build quality; business/operational benefits; innovation in concept/design/delivery; technical excellence; cost-effectiveness; game-changing ability.

In the wake of IBC’s physical show being replaced with a virtual conference, this year’s Best of Show Virtual Edition will help your brand get the most out of the autumn event season this year. Nominees and winners benefit from:

  • Dedicated editorial coverage for all nominees in the Best of Show digital publication, distributed post-show to all participating brand databases
  • Digital and social coverage from participating brands
  • Winning entries receive guaranteed coverage in post-IBC editions of each participating magazine
  • Award certificate and winners logo for all winning entries
  • Official nominee logo for all entrants to use in marketing (sent by email)

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

The Best of Show Awards Virtual Edition • https://www.futureevents.uk/ibc20/begin

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Educators Are in the Kitchen During Covid-19

AudioTestKitchen.com reports that various audio institutions around the world are using the company’s mic performance comparison website as a teaching tool
AudioTestKitchen.com reports that various audio institutions around the world are using the company’s mic performance comparison website as a teaching tool

Los Angeles, CA (September 3, 2020) — Audio Test Kitchen reports that various audio institutions around the world are using the company’s mic performance comparison website as a teaching tool during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When the quarantine first hit and the school had to shut down, we were looking for ways to keep our students involved and engaged; Audio Test Kitchen is a resource that the Conservatory used to make it happen,” says David Kohr, an instructor at Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, AZ. “Having a platform that allows us to compare microphones and showcase their different designs and sounds with audio and visual examples provided CRAS a way to continue to educate our students and keep feeding them knowledge.”

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Users can audition the sound of hundreds of microphones via real, standardized recordings and standardized frequency response graphs at the website. Created in partnership with 50 mic manufacturers and in collaboration with AES senior fellow Dr. Sean Olive and acoustical engineer Todd Welti, both of Harman International, ATK bills itself as “the world’s first unbiased audio product comparison website.”

“Audio Test Kitchen provides the means for future audio professionals to develop their hearing skills by ‘trying out’ and exploring a large, evolving inventory of microphones,” says Francisco Rendiles, director of studies & admissions at Canada’s Musitechnic in Montreal, Quebec. “The site empowers users to understand microphones’ unique characteristics and potential applications, a process that can otherwise be time-consuming and costly.”

According to Roderik Povel, vocalist and lecturer at Holland’s Conservatorium Maastricht, “Due to COVID-19, we, like everyone else, are working online partially. ATK helps me to visually indicate what we are listening to and to choose the proper mic for the job.”

Scott LeGere, assistant professor at Minnesota State University and Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) board member, reports, “We started using Audio Test Kitchen in the classroom earlier this spring before COVID hit. As a younger program, we haven’t built out the facilities and mic lockers yet that other institutions might have access to. With ATK, students are exposed to a huge range of tools, they’re learning to trust their ears and they are even starting to make some of their first purchase decisions for their own music, podcasts, and vlogs…. For educators, students, and young professionals alike, I think ATK can help open a world of possibility to improve one’s critical listening skills and find the best tools to fit creative projects.”

Audio Test Kitchen • www.audiotestkitchen.com

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