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RSS M-48 Personal Mixing System Live on NAACP Image Awards

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The 2010 NAACP Image Awards were broadcast on FOX on February 26 live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with audio production services provided by ATK Audiotek of Valencia, CA.

image_awards_04_smThe live band was lead by Rickey Minor and consisted of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keys, three background vocalists and a 5-piece horn section.  Each musician had their own M-48 Personal Mixer providing fully personalized control to their in-ear monitors or headphones.

For the Image Awards Band, the RSS by Roland M-48s were used as an extension of the normal monitor position with the lead and front-line singers on wedges and the band on personal mixers. The M-48 system is designed so the monitor engineer can still be in control of everything including an individual’s personal mixer if necessary.

image_awards_01_smAndres Arango, staff engineer for ATK commented, “At first we went with the typical setup where the musicians used the personal mixer for communication, click track, along with support from floor wedges – but after the horn section heard themselves through their M-48s, especially with the reverb ability, we took away the wedges and they went on in-ears alone.”

The unique part of the M-48 system is that each personal monitor can view up to 40 sources. Each musician can be setup to arrange the sources in any way they want - single, stereo or grouped. In this case, the drummer had kick, snare, hit, and tom stems spread out over many stereo groups, then a vocal and horn stem.  All sources were individually controllable on his M-48 unit so he could get the exact mix he wanted. The horn and vocal sections simply had a single drum stem, and other band/horn/vocal sources on their own M-48s with their own "more me" control.

image_awards_05In addition, each musician controlled their own reverb, limiter and EQ via their own M-48 if they so desired. All sources came through the monitor board first so basic level EQ and compression could be applied as required by the monitor engineer. Each M-48 is supplied power and 40 channels of audio via a single Cat5e cable making cable management very clean and easy to install.

Andres concludes, “The band loved this new M-48 setup so much that we’re planning on using it on a number of other projects moving forward.”




 

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Kramer Electronics releases free iPhone app to control VP-729 Scaler/Switcher

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KRAMER ANNOUNCES IPHONE® APP AND PC BASED SKramer iPhone App VP-729OFTWARE FOR SWITCHING AND MENU CONTROL OF THE VP-729 PROSCALE™ DIGITAL SCALER/SWITCHER

NEW IPHONE APP AND PC SOFTWARE OFFER EASY-TO-USE INTERFACES PROVIDING CONVENIENT CONTROL OPTIONS FOR KRAMER SCALERS

Kramer Electronics has released both an iPhone App and PC based control software for Kramer’s popular VP-729 ProScale Digital Scaler/Switcher. The new iPhone App and the PC based control software provide easy-to-use interfaces to control both switching and operation of all menu features of the VP-729.

Kramer has created an iPhone App called “VP-729” that allows users to conveniently operate Kramer’s popular VP-729 scaler/switcher. The VP-729 App provides an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for the most necessary functions of the VP-729. To operate, enter the IP address of your VP-729 and press the connect button. You can switch inputs, increase and decrease the audio output volume and adjust all menu items over your wireless network. There is no need to manipulate the front panel buttons or look for the wireless IR remote control. Just grab your iPhone and start working.

The new iPhone App can be found in Apple’s App Store within iTunes®. Once in iTunes, search for “VP-729” and download the app. There is a video posted a video on YouTube demonstrating how to use the VP-729 App.

Kramer has also created new PC-based software for the VP-729 that also works with the VP-728 via the RS-232 port. This freeware switching and control program can be obtained from the Kramer Web site via the “Downloads” tab on the VP-729 or VP-728 product pages. After the program is installed on a local computer, it connects via Ethernet to a Kramer VP-729 or via RS-232 to either a VP-729 or VP-728. All the switching and menu functions of the VP-729 and VP-728 can be set and controlled remotely from the connected computer.

The PC-based control software emulates the appearance of the front panel of the Kramer VP-729/VP-728 scalers on the computer screen so that the user can control switching by clicking on the inputs buttons. If menu control is selected, the VP-729/VP-728 menu appears on the computer screen. The on-screen menu is visually identical to the menu generated by the scalers on a connected display and the user has full control over all features including the ability to define and set custom resolutions.

The new VP-729 and VP-728 PC-based switching and control software can be found on the VP-729 or VP728 product pages via the “Downloads” tab or under the heading “Software” on the “Software Firmware Updates” page on the “Support” tab of the Web site at www.kramerus.com . It is available at no charge as a value-added freeware program.

If you would like to order the Kramer VP-729, please click here or call (800) 747-7301 for more information.

   

FCC Consumer Alert on Wireless Microphone Issues

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As of February 28, 2010, we are required to post the following announcement to every single page of our website where wireless microphones are for sale.  We've complied with that request delivered to us via U.S. Mail as of February 25, 2010.

You might want to take a look at the notice.  Of course, you'll see it on every page of the site where wireless products are for sale.  Take a minute to read the notice and if you have questions, please feel free to call us.

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CONSUMER ALERT

Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC’s wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

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What does this mean?  In a nutshell, it means that if your wireless microphone (any unlicensed wireless microphone) may not interfere with anyone else's licensed wireless microphone or other radio system and that, as an unlicensed user, you have no assurance of reliable wireless microphone performance.

That said, today's wireless microphone systems are the most advanced and best sounding systems ever made.  They are reliable and will work well for you in the current radio climate.  You can expect good performance.  If you have 700MHZ wireless systems, it's time to get new ones.  The FCC has ruled that all units operating between 698-806MHZ be phased out effective June 12, 2010.

We can help you make the best decision for new wireless microphones going forward - whether or not you have existing microphones that need to be replaced.

 

   

Audio-Technica Sounds Off at the Grammy Awards!

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Los Angeles (February 2, 2010)--For the 13th year in a row, Audio-Technica supplied more than 250 microphones for the annual Grammy Awards Show.

2010_grammysThe 52nd Annual GRAMMYs, held January 31, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, placed an emphasis on live performances. For the live show and broadcast, Audio-Technica supplied hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems, as well as its new AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone and AT4081 Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone.

The sound system was provided by ATK AudioTek with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, with the house audio supervised by Leslie Ann Jones, a prominent member of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy. New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company Music Mix Mobile were onsite with their M3 trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, while Tom Holmes was responsible for the overall broadcast mix. The broadcast audio was supervised by Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger, also leading members of the P&E Wing. Michael Abbott returned as Audio Coordinator, and Music Mix Mobile’s Joel Singer served as Engineer-in-Charge.

For the home audience, CBS delivered the most advanced form of HDTV, with 1,080 lines of picture resolution and 5.1-channel surround sound. To meet the sonic demands of this format, the audio engineers and music mixers employed a wide range of Audio-Technica microphones for the GRAMMY Awards.

Artists who performed throughout the evening using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System included Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Doug E. Fresh, performing Foxx’s “Blame It”; Album-of-the-Year winner Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks, on a medley of recent Swift hits and the Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac classic “Rhiannon”; double award recipient Maxwell; and Lil Wayne and Drake, who performed with Eminem. All of these performers used A-T’s AEW-T5400 Handheld Microphone/Transmitter, except Swift, who used A-T’s AEW-T4100 Handheld Microphone/Transmitter. Additionally, Elton John, who performed with Lady Gaga, used a hardwired AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone for backing vocals and horns; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for strings; AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone for guitar and bass cabinets; the new AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone for overheads; and the new AT4081 Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone on percussion and guitar cabinets, as well as for Jeff Beck’s guitar amp during a tribute to late guitar legend Les Paul. Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series Wireless was also used on background vocals.

John Harris, Co-Music Mixer, stated, “For high-profile broadcast events like the GRAMMYs, we always turn to Audio-Technica because there can’t be any room for error. A-T gives us an unwavering level of confidence, as I know the mics will work perfectly regardless of the situation. Also, I have been moving away from traditional overhead microphone techniques for cymbals, and instead using a single stereo mic for the whole kit. The AT4050ST has been spectacular in this application.”

Joel Singer, Music Mix Mobile Engineer-in-Charge, stated, “Audio-Technica products always perform flawlessly from a technical standpoint, and they continue to be our company’s go-to mic because of fidelity, clarity, overall reliability and consistency from microphone to microphone. And of course the quality of audio that comes through with A-T's RF is not at all sacrificed because it's a wireless – it's transparent.”

Audio-Technica

www.audio-technica.com

 

   

Do You Need More Choir? - Heil PR30

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COTR_Choir_2You got it.

Let me be frank. The Heil PR30 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone may be the very best microphone you will ever use for your choir - at least that's what our clients tell us.

This story begins a little over six years ago when one of our clients called with a question. He asked whether I thought that a dynamic microphone would work as an effective choir microphone.  My first reaction was a definitive "maybe" but that a dynamic microphone probably wouldn't be sensitive enough.

Boy, was I wrong.

Read more: Do You Need More Choir? - Heil PR30

   

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