Austin Stone Church Updates with d&b

Austin Stone Church updated its newest campus with a d&b audiotechnik Y series line array system
Austin Stone Church updated its newest campus with a d&b audiotechnik Y series line array system

Austin, TX (April 30, 2021)—The Austin Stone Church (ASC) serves a community of nearly 8,000 weekly attendees throughout its six locations, and it’s most recent campus was added last year during the pandemic. Getting it up to speed meant that the ASC team and Brown Note Productions (BNP) did a number of AV updates over the course of 2020, including the installation of a d&b audiotechnik Y series line array system; in fact, all of the church’s locations sport d&b systems.

The extensive updating of the new 832-seat contemporary worship campus is necessary, as the church is aiming for it to become its primary broadcast campus along with offering regular Sunday services that feature seven musicians/vocalists (drums, keys, guitar, bass, and playback, as well as three lead vocalists). There are two services per week at the new campus.

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“The main challenge with this install was the raked, fan shape of the space and trying to deliver a similar experience to every seat,” states Ryan Robertson, production audio manager, Austin Stone Church. “The previous system was an old clustered point source system that really did a poor job of that; you could move what felt like five feet in any direction and have a very different experience. One of our main objectives with any of our new venues is to give each person that attends the same experience, whether in the front row or way back in the corner. No other manufacturer does as good of a job of that than d&b in my opinion. Every system really does follow the ‘more art, less noise’ motto by putting sound only where it needs to go, especially when ArrayProcessing is deployed. I always feel confident when mixing on a well deployed d&b system that what I’m mixing at front of house is being heard and felt in essentially every seat in the venue. This install is no exception.  On top of that, there is a clarity and sonic signature of d&b that fits perfectly with the style of music we are mixing and is highly preferred.”

System highlights include eight Y8 and eight Y12 loudspeakers, a trio of J-SUBs ground subwoofers, a pair of d&b J-INFRAs on the outside of the sub array, eight E6 loudspeakers for front fills, a Y10P loudspeaker, two Y7P loudspeakers for out fills, eight 30D amplifiers, a 10D amplifier and a DS10 Dante bridge.

The front of house is outfitted with a DiGiCo S31console with Dante I/O and Focusrite AES interface, and a Q-SYS Control system utilizing a d&b plug-in for complete AV system control and automation allowing for “self-serve” AV modes for a wide variety of uses. An Avid Pro Tools Dante-enabled broadcast package is provided for livestream and post-production use.

“The new d&b system sounds fantastic,” adds Robertson. “The power and clarity of the system really draws you in as a listener. It was fun to see the reactions and smiles on the face of our leadership team as they listened to it for the first time. Their main reaction was how intelligible everything was. They felt like they could actually hear distinctly everything that was happening in the mix, not just a wall of sound. The band has said they have a new level of confidence in what they play and sing and that it is accurately being conveyed into the room. It makes them that much more excited to get up early on a Sunday and lead our people.”

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Harvey Mason Unveils Harvey Mason Media

Harvey Mason Jr., a five-time Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter and movie producer, has unveiled the new home of Harvey Mason Media
Harvey Mason Jr., a five-time Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter and movie producer, has unveiled the new home of Harvey Mason Media. ©Chris Schmitt Photography

Burbank, CA (April 30, 2021)—Five-time Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter and movie producer, Harvey Mason Jr., has unveiled the new home of Harvey Mason Media, which includes the former Evergreen and Enterprise music recording facilities.

The Evergreen Stages building started life as a movie theater in the late 1940s before being repurposed as a multi-room music recording complex in 1979. The main live room measures over 3,000 square feet and includes four isolation booths. The studios, which have hosted sessions by some of the biggest names in the business during 40-plus years as a premier music studio, will also serve as the new home of Harvey Mason Media, which offers a wide range of services for record, film and television projects.

Mason, who has also served as the chair of the board of trustees and interim president/CEO of The Recording Academy since the start of 2020, says both facilities will feature Solid State Logic Duality Fuse 72-channel SuperAnalogue mixing consoles. The Duality Fuse console installed at Evergreen is the first to be installed anywhere in the world and will soon be joined by a second at its sister facility, the original Enterprise recording studios, just across the street. Duality Fuse is the latest model of Duality, featuring a fully integrated Fusion analog processor in the center section.

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“The goal in rebuilding this historic building was to make it the most elevated, high-end, large format room in the city,” says Mason. “The live room sounds amazing and is one of the largest in L.A.; we can record an 80-piece orchestra here. Couple that with the sound of the Duality Fuse console and the flexibility it gives us, and we’re in a unique position in L.A.,” he says. “It gives us the opportunity to do great things here.”

The refurbishment of Evergreen Stages included an acoustic redesign of the control room, which is configured for 5.1 mixing and now features an ATC speaker system. “We worked with George Augspurger…who has designed three or four rooms for me over the years,” says Mason. “We reconfigured the front wall, built an entirely new back wall, added new ceiling treatment, repositioned the console and built a new credenza. The control room sounds much, much better and is more ergonomic.”

Additionally, the team led by Paul Cox of technical design and integration firm Paul J. Cox Studio Systems replaced the facility’s wiring infrastructure, says Mason. Cox and his team will also integrate the second, identical Duality Fuse across the street. The former Enterprise Studios was founded in the 1980s by Craig Huxley, who also owned the Evergreen Stages building for a period, operating it as Enterprise 2.

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Barix Launches Exstreamer M400 IP Audio Decoder

Barix has updated its Exstreamer IP audio decoder family with the release of the Exstreamer M400.
Barix has updated its Exstreamer IP audio decoder family with the release of the Exstreamer M400.

Zurich, Switzerland (April 30, 2021)—Barix has updated its Exstreamer IP audio decoder family with the release of the Exstreamer M400.

Based around Barix’s Linux-based IPAM 400 audio module, the Exstreamer M400 is said to have higher processing power than previous models and a more programmable, software-driven architecture to aid expansion, prototyping and customization. The new unit features a larger buffer size and updated buffer management technology to help prevent network performance disruptions. IT security standard support has been updated to include HTTPS: support for audio streams, and the unit also now uses encrypted SIP (voice-over-IP) communications using TLS and SRTP.

Exstreamer M400 installation can now be tackled using the company’s System Configuration Tool, accessible through a web browser. The software’s dashboard enables installers to configure up to hundreds of Exstreamer M400 devices at once. It can be used to assign devices to grouped zones and specify up to five prioritized source streams for each unit, as well as the relative volume of each stream. Settings can be copied from one unit to multiple others simultaneously.

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The Exstreamer M400 features stereo, line-level, analog audio output with RCA-type connections and can decode streams in MP3, AAC-HE, FLAC, PCM, Opus, and Ogg Vorbis formats, as well as supporting SIP and secure SIP in peer-to-peer and server modes. Other new features relative to earlier Exstreamer models include IPV6 support; internal audio file storage with externally-triggered playback; and support for Singlewire Software’s InformaCast and Syn-Apps (now part of Intrado) emergency notification platforms with automatic endpoint registration.

The Exstreamer M400 initially targets IP audio applications in the professional AV market including background music, paging, SIP/VoIP integration, and emergency notifications. Direct support for Barix’s flagship IC Paging and Simple Paging solutions, scheduled for release later in Q2, will allow Exstreamer M400s to be added as endpoints.

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Lawo Launches 48-Fader mc²36 Console

mc²36 Console
mc²36 Console

Rastatt, Germany (April 28, 2021)—Lawo has introduced a “second-generation” mc²36 audio production console based around a dual-fader operating bay featuring 48 faders in the same space as a 32-fader board. The update is seen as a move to broaden the console’s appeal for theater, houses of worship, corporate, live and broadcast audio applications.

With DSP more than doubled from its predecessor, the new mc²36 with built-in A__UHD Core functionality, so that all developments in the future will happen on a single, unified platform, and Lawo continues to provide production file compatibility between all mc² consoles. For instance, a production file from an mc²36 can be used on an mc²96 for post-production.

With the A__UHD Core, the new console offers 256 processing channels, available at both 48 and 96 kHz, and natively supports ST2110, AES67, RAVENNA, and Ember+. It provides an I/O capacity of 864 channels, with local connections that include three redundant IP network interfaces, 16 Lawo-grade mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIO connections, and an SFP MADI port.

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Operating and visualizing features include Button-Glow and touch-sensitive rotary controls, color TFT fader-strip displays, LiveView video thumbnails, and 21.5” full HD touchscreen controls. Its built-in full loudness control is compliant with the ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) standard, featuring peak and loudness metering which can measure individual channels as well as summing busses. The new mc²36 offers integration with a variety of third-party solutions including Waves SuperRack SoundGrid without the need for additional screens or control devices required.

The new mc²36 makes use of Lawo’s IP Easy functionality, which in turn is based around the company’s proprietary HOME management platform for IP-based media infrastructures. With IP Easy, the console automatically detects new devices and makes them available at the touch of a button. It also manages IP addresses, multicast ranges and VLANs, and includes security features like access control and quarantining of unknown devices to protect a network.

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Focusrite plc Acquires Sequential LLC

Dave Smith, founder of Sequential
Dave Smith, founder of Sequential LLC.

San Francisco, CA (April 28, 2021)—Focusrite Group has acquired American synthesizer manufacturer Sequential LLC., joining other brands in the organization such as Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify. Sequential’s day-to-day operations and product development will remain unchanged and will continue to be guided by electronic instrument designer and Grammy winner Dave Smith and his team.

Smith said, “With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit. Phil Dudderidge and his team have a long history of quality, vision, and focus on what musicians and audio professionals really want. We’re excited to join such an industry powerhouse and contribute to our mutual success. I expect great things.”

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Smith founded Sequential Circuits in 1974, which rose to prominence with its Prophet-5 polyphonic synthesizer in 1978. When the company went out of business in 1987, Yamaha purchased the brand, while Smith went on to found Dave Smith Instruments in 2002. In 2015, Yamaha returned the brand to Smith, and on August 31, 2018, the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5, the company rebranded as Sequential LLC. A proponent of analog synths, Sequential’s current offerings include the Prophet 5 Rev4 polyphonic synth, Pro 3 hybrid monosynth, and Prophet X Samples + Synthesis keyboard.

Focusrite Founder Phil Dudderidge commented: “We’re excited and pleased to add Sequential’s instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group’s portfolio of world-class audio and music production tools. Dave Smith’s history as an innovator speaks for itself. From his creation of the world’s first fully programmable polysynth, the Prophet 5, to his co-invention of MIDI, Dave has literally changed the world of music several times. We’re looking forward to continuing his history of innovation and expanding the global market for Sequential’s instruments.”

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Michael Marquart Tracks New Album with 3D Mics

On his latest album Lifelike, Michael Marquart used several mics to record guitars, including the Neumann KU 100 and Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic.
On his latest album Lifelike, Michael Marquart used several mics to record guitars, including the Neumann KU 100 and Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic. Michael Marquart

Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2021)—After being Grammy-nominated in the best immersive audio album category for 2019’s The Savior, Michael Marquart employed Neumann and Sennheiser 3D technologies while tracking his follow-up, Lifelike.

Early in 2020, Marquart — who records as A Bad Think — entered L.A.’s Henson Studios with engineer Dave Way at the helm of an SSL 4072G+ series console to begin tracking Lifelike. “I thought, ‘How far can we push this, and what if on this album we start at the ground level in a 3D environment — using the Neumann KU 100 and the Ambeo mic?” says Marquart.

The basic tracks involved three drum sets, set up in a half-moon position. “Depending on which track we were recording, we would use one or two of the drum kits to meet the flavor of the song,” Marquart explains. Both a Neumann KU 100 binaural head and Sennheiser Ambeo VR mic were set up in the middle of the room, with the KU 100 pointed towards the primary drum set, located in the middle of the half-moon.

In addition to the KU 100, a Neumann U 47 FET large diaphragm condenser captured the kick drum with several Sennheiser MD 421 II dynamic microphones on the toms. Additionally, a matched pair of vintage U 47 tube mics were used flanking each ear microphone of the KU 100. “Neumann mics are the best, so we had them on practically everything,” Marquart enthuses.

By recording in 3D at the outset, Marquart’s team was able to create a spatially accurate aural rendering of each song as it was being tracked, rather than depending solely on mixing to create an immersive experience. “Back in the day, you could record stuff in a traditional way and then do an Atmos or Surround mix or something, but now we are recording this three-dimensional space — not just mixing,” says Marquart.

Bob Clearmountain handled the stereo and 5.1 mixes, while Steve Genewick and Dave Way handled the Dolby Atmos mixes at Los Angeles’ Capitol Studios. All the final mixes were mastered by Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios. “Working with people I trust takes all the pressure off,” says Marquart. The Blu-ray release will include all these mixes, along with a 22-minute documentary highlighting the making of the record.

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2021 UK Record Royalties Expected to Drop

PRS for musicLondon, UK (April 28, 2021)—PRS for Music, which represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world, distributed a record payout to members in 2020, but predicts that payments will fall at least 10% this year.

PRS for Music distributed a record £699.4m (roughly $945.5m) to its members in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 2% (£13.4m/$18.1m). But while distributions in 2020 were positive overall, many of the royalties paid out last year were collected before the first lockdown, meaning that the sharp decline in income will be felt by music creators through 2021 and beyond, with distributions expected to fall by at least 10%.

Overall, revenues collected from music being played in the UK and worldwide shrank by 19.7% (£159.9m/$216.2m) compared to 2019 to £650.5m ($879.9m), eradicating years of record growth.

Revenue generated from live performances of music represented the greatest percentage decline in 2020, falling by 79.1% from £54m ($73m) in 2019, to just £11.3m ($15.3m) in 2020. Of that revenue collected, most related to live music events staged towards the end of 2019 and in the first quarter of 2020, including concerts from The 1975, Stereophonics, Mabel and Madonna’s UK tour, where PRS members’ repertoire featured prominently.

Public performance revenue overall, which, as well as live music events, includes music used in business premises, shops, cinemas, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants, saw a significant 61.2% (£136m/$184m) downturn in revenue collected year-on-year, to £86.2m ($116.6m) in 2020, again due to business closure.

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International royalty income continues to be the largest revenue stream for PRS for Music members, underlining the enduring popularity of British music globally, but still saw a 10.7% (£29.7m/$40.2m) decline compared to 2019 on a constant currency basis. A total of £248.6m ($336.3m) was collected through reciprocal agreements with societies around the world. One factor in this decline in international revenue, was the closure of the tourism industry; for example, with cruise ships not operating last year, royalty collections in this market reduced by 75%, from £7.2m ($9.7m) to £1.8m ($2.4m) in 2020.

Revenue generated from music played online was the only area to see growth in 2020, rising to £188.3m, a 5.1% (£9.1m/$12.3m) uplift compared to 2019. As well as increased revenues collected, distributions from online also saw the biggest uplift at 63.2% versus 2019.

Research from charity Help Musicians found that 9 out of 10 people who work in the music industry are in crisis, facing mental wellbeing challenges amidst concerns around their future livelihoods. To support members, PRS for Music, in collaboration with its charity partners PRS Members’ Fund and PRS Foundation, launched the PRS Emergency Relief Fund, and has since paid out over £2.2m ($3m) across 5,500 grants to songwriters and composers facing severe financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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AV³ – Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Av3AV³ is a one-day virtual experience designed to answer the question ”What’s next for pro AV?” , brought to you by AVIXA, AVNetwork, and AVNation. Sponsorship opportunities are available for pro AV manufacturers, distributors, software providers, and the like.

Watch the video below to learn more about sponsoring AV³.

“With several successful virtual events under our belt, we’re proud to partner with AVNation and AVIXA on AV³ ,” said Adam Goldstein, VP/group publisher of AVNetwork. “Our proven platform allows attendees and sponsors to create new relationships or strengthen existing ones. Plus, sponsors receive a detailed post-event report that allows for actionable follow up with attendees.”

“AVNetwork has set the standard for virtual events. Well before the pandemic, their team created valuable content and real connections between manufacturers and customers,” added Tim Albright, founder of AVNation. “We’re proud to partner with them again, as well as AVIXA”.

Current sponsors include:

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To learn more about AV³ sponsorship opportunities, visit or email Adam Goldstein at [email protected].

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Lawo Unveils Home IP Management Platform

Lawo Home IP Management Platform
Lawo Home IP Management Platform

Rastatt, Germany (April 26, 2021)—Lawo has unveiled Home, the company’s new management platform for IP-based media infrastructures, which is based on open standards and follows LUX, Lawo’s unified experience design principles, providing a consistent workflow across all Lawo IP products.

Home is natively built on a cloud-ready microservices architecture, enabling users to connect, manage and secure networked production setups from the ground up. Furthermore, it provides centralized access and control for all Lawo gear within a setup. According to the company, Home helps broadcast professionals address requirements of modern IP infrastructures, including automated discovery and registration of devices, connection management, flow control, software and firmware management, scalability and security.

“In today’s IP project implementations, the physical build and cabling is only half of the way. The other half consists of configuration. HOME significantly increases efficiency in setting up IP system installs,” says Axel Kern, Lawo’s senior product manager media infrastructure control.

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“Broadcasters and service providers are faced with constantly changing production demands, and setups need to adapt, no matter if on-premise or off-premise, local or remote, or even cloud. This new management platform provides the architecture for our customers to scale with their agile business requirements.”

Lawo’s Home platform is based on open standards such as ST2110, NMOS, IEEE802.1x and RADIUS.

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Philippines’ Favor Church Streams Live Services

Favor Church’s FOH/Broadcast Engineer Dan Blaza
Favor Church’s FOH/broadcast engineer Dan Blaza

Manila, Philippines (April 26, 2021) — Favor Church in Manila, Philippines has been using a Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer to mix the church’s live services, at front of house and monitors, as well as for streaming its live online broadcasts.

“We pivoted quite quickly when COVID-19 hit,” recalled senior pastor James Aiton. “We had to take our church online, and we are also planning to try and get into a larger venue once the pandemic is over…. We needed a cost-effective system that we could copy and transport to future new campuses, both in the Philippines and other locations around the world. Choosing eMotion LV1 has been a great asset in helping our church, both in our physical service and our online service.”

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Since the specific installation at Favor Church includes three LV1 consoles in a shared network setup, Waves’ application specialists helped the church’s technical staff plan the system’s design. FOH/Broadcast Engineer Dan Blaza explained, “We’re using three sets of 64-channel eMotion LV1’s for FOH, broadcast, and monitor mix. Two DSPRO StageGrid 4000 I/Os situated at the monitor position beside the stage, are shared via IO Sharing on the SoundGrid network connected with Cat 6 80-meter LAN cables to our FOH and broadcast mix LV1 systems, with 40 inputs and 24 outputs. We’re also using a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server-C for redundancy, with a DSPRO StageGrid 1000 for added I/O and headphone monitoring, as well as for our separate broadcast mix. The DSPRO StageGrid 1000 is also being used for additional inputs and outputs for nearfield speaker monitoring and final mix output for our broadcast.”

Blaza added, “We may be moving between venues in the near future, so the LV1’s small footprint and portability gives us a future-proof setup. Another benefit is that our musicians can easily mix their own IEM wirelessly through Waves’ MyMon Personal Mixing App, which gives them independent on-stage direct control of their monitor mix.”

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