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Ken Berger, Jim Sides Launch VUE Audiotechnik SAN DIEGO — Ken Berger and Jim Sides announced the formation of VUE Au-diotechnik, a new professional audio com-pany with loudspeaker design, sales and marketing personnel based here, but with a founding partnership with Speaker Trade GmbH of Solingen, Germany, which owns a 290,000-square-foot production and R&D facility in Asia. The founders outlined the company’s goals in a press release, which was issued the date of the company’s ofcial launch in March: to “redefne high-output, low-distor-tion loudspeaker performance through road-tested design expertise, advanced technol-From left, Jim Sides and Ken Berger PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. APRIL 2012 Vol. 10 No.07 ogies and global manufacturing — all with a focus on service and long-term partnerships.” “Today’s system designers are pushing the boundaries of performance at an expo-nential rate,” noted Berger, CEO. “At the same continued on page 6 Owning the Night with Lady A Judge Mandates Staging Collapse Depositions from Sugarland INDIANAPOLIS — Mid-America Sound Corporation, owner of the staging struc-ture that fell in high winds at the Indianap-olis State Fair, has been seeking testimony from Sugarland band members and its management on whether they resisted at-tempts to cancel their Aug. 13, 2011 show, despite the bad weather. A judge ruled March 23 that band member Jennifer Net-tles will need to testify no later than April 15, according to published reports. The scheduled depositions in the case, which could help pinpoint fnancial liabil-ity in the tragedy that led to seven deaths and dozens of injuries, were to start the week of March 26, 2012. When it looked like the band and management would not be appearing, Mid-America asked a supe-rior court judge to order the band mem-bers and its ownership company, Lucky Star Inc., to show up. In the hearing held March 23, Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin bowed to a request by Sugarland’s attor-neys to delay the testimony schedule past March 26, but didn’t let Sugarland or Lucky Star of the hook completely. Although Lucky Star attorneys asked for a delay until an unspecifed time in May, Sosin ordered Sugarland to come up with a time between April 1 and April 15 when band member Jennifer Nettles would be available to be deposed. Sosin also ruled that the band provide Mid-America with the details about its insurance policy. Clearing Skies in Frankfurt With their tight harmonies and songwriting prowess, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood owned the night on their frst major-market arena tour. When it came to sound-ing their best, the trio and others in the band relied on Brett “Scoop” Blanden (mixing on a 96-channel Avid Profle at FOH), Pete Bowman (with a Soundcraft Vi6 at monitors) and the rest of the Belmont University alum-heavy crew. Also providing a big assist: Sound Image and its JBL VerTec system. For the full story, turn to Production Profle, page 32. Outside, the weather was only partly cloudy. Inside, bright beams were cutting through the fog. And the surly haze of recession that had settled over the entertainment industry in late 2008 was showing clear signs of dispersing as well — with advances in digital au-dio technology further brightening the economic outlook. For Mark Frink’s re-port on Prolight + Sound, turn to page 22. Audinate OEM Partners Introduce Dante Products at Frankfurt Show FRANKFURT, Germany — Audinate an-nounced that eight of its OEM partners launched a total of 13 Dante-enabled products at this year’s Prolight + Sound from brands in-cluding Yamaha, Harman, Nexo, JoeCo, Four Audio, Auvitran, Symetrix and TEQSAS. “The market is dictating what it wants, and Dante seems to be the answer,” said Lee Ellison, Audinate CEO, noting the wide range of products. The new Dante-enabled gear included Yamaha’s Centralogic Series (CL1, CL3 and CL5) digital mixing systems with Dante network-based remote stage boxes. ( For more, turn to Tech Preview, page 36 ). Harman also introduced Dante network cards for its Soundcraft Vi, Si1/2/3 and Si Com-pact series digital consoles. Nexo announced the new NXDT104 Dante audio plug-in card for the NXAMP, which is at the heart of their new STM modular line array. JoeCo introduced the Dante version of its BBR64 BlackBox USB hard-drive multi-track recorder. Four Audio launched their new 1RU DBO1 Dante enabled breakout box with 8 analog output channels. Others with Dante-enabled gear at the show included Syme-trix (SymNet Edge) and TEQSAS (cyberTEQ). Tech Preview Yamaha had big news in Frankfurt this in the form of its Centralogic (CL) 36 year Series consoles. Here’s a look at the new CL1, CL3 and CL5. Buyers Guide 38 Audio-Technica, Lectrosonics, Line 6, MiPro, Sabine, Shure and Sony. Digital wireless microphones from AKG, www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Owning the Night with Lady A

With their tight harmonies and songwriting prowess, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood owned the night on their first major-market arena tour. When it came to sounding their best, the trio and others in the band relied on Brett “Scoop” Blanden (mixing on a 96-channel Avid Profile at FOH), Pete Bowman (with a Soundcraft Vi6 at monitors) and the rest of the Belmont University alum-heavy crew. Also providing a big assist: Sound Image and its JBL VerTec system. For the full story, turn to Production Profile, page 32.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Owning+the+Night+with+Lady+A/1028696/107193/article.html.

Judge Mandates Staging Collapse Depositions from Sugarland

INDIANAPOLIS — Mid-America Sound Corporation, owner of the staging structure that fell in high winds at the Indianapolis State Fair, has been seeking testimony from Sugarland band members and its management on whether they resisted attempts to cancel their Aug. 13, 2011 show, despite the bad weather. A judge ruled March 23 that band member Jennifer Nettles will need to testify no later than April 15, according to published reports.

The scheduled depositions in the case, which could help pinpoint financial liability in the tragedy that led to seven deaths and dozens of injuries, were to start the week of March 26, 2012. When it looked like the band and management would not be appearing, Mid-America asked a superior court judge to order the band members and its ownership company, Lucky Star Inc., to show up.

In the hearing held March 23, Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin bowed to a request by Sugarland’s attorneys to delay the testimony schedule past March 26, but didn’t let Sugarland or Lucky Star of the hook completely.

Although Lucky Star attorneys asked for a delay until an unspecified time in May, Sosin ordered Sugarland to come up with a time between April 1 and April 15 when band member Jennifer Nettles would be available to be deposed. Sosin also ruled that the band provide Mid-America with the details about its insurance policy.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Judge+Mandates+Staging+Collapse+Depositions+from+Sugarland/1028698/107193/article.html.

Audinate OEM Partners Introduce Dante Products at Frankfurt Show

FRANKFURT, Germany — Audinate announced that eight of its OEM partners launched a total of 13 Dante-enabled products at this year’s Prolight + Sound from brands including Yamaha, Harman, Nexo, JoeCo, Four Audio, Auvitran, Symetrix and TEQSAS.

“The market is dictating what it wants, and Dante seems to be the answer,” said Lee Ellison, Audinate CEO, noting the wide range of products.

The new Dante-enabled gear included Yamaha’s Centralogic Series (CL1, CL3 and CL5) digital mixing systems with Dante network-based remote stage boxes. (For more, turn to Tech Preview, page 36).

Harman also introduced Dante network cards for its Soundcraft Vi, Si1/2/3 and Si Compact series digital consoles. Nexo announced the new NXDT104 Dante audio plug-in card for the NXAMP, which is at the heart of their new STM modular line array. JoeCo introduced the Dante version of its BBR64 BlackBox USB harddrive multi-track recorder. Four Audio launched their new 1RU DBO1 Dante enabled breakout box with 8 analog output channels. Others with Dante-enabled gear at the show included Symetrix (SymNet Edge) and TEQSAS (cyberTEQ).

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Audinate+OEM+Partners+Introduce+Dante+Products+at+Frankfurt+Show/1028701/107193/article.html.

Clearing Skies in Frankfurt

Outside, the weather was only partly cloudy. Inside, bright beams were cutting through the fog. And the surly haze of recession that had settled over the entertainment industry in late 2008 was showing clear signs of dispersing as well — with advances in digital audio technology further brightening the economic outlook. For Mark Frink’s report on Prolight + Sound, turn to page 22.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Clearing+Skies+in+Frankfurt/1028705/107193/article.html.

Ken Berger, Jim Sides Launch VUE Audiotechnik

SAN DIEGO — Ken Berger and Jim Sides announced the formation of VUE Audiotechnik, a new professional audio company with loudspeaker design, sales and marketing personnel based here, but with a founding partnership with Speaker Trade GmbH of Solingen, Germany, which owns a 290,000-square-foot production and R&D facility in Asia.

The founders outlined the company’s goals in a press release, which was issued the date of the company’s official launch in March: to “redefine high-output, low-distortion loudspeaker performance through roadtested design expertise, advanced technologies and global manufacturing — all with a focus on service and long-term partnerships.”

“Today’s system designers are pushing the boundaries of performance at an exponential rate,” noted Berger, CEO. “At the same time, many loudspeaker companies are struggling to keep pace as they adapt to modern manufacturing or navigate the murky waters of buyouts and acquisitions. We’re launching VUE Audiotechnik to meet the growing demands of today’s market with innovative design, advanced technology, and responsive global manufacturing. But even more, VUE is about a return to long-term relationships and exceptional service. These are the values that launched our industry decades ago, and now is the time for a return to those principles.”

VUE Audiotechnik noted that its global network “provides immediate access to purpose- designed transducers, world- class enclosures with precision-engineered transport and flying hardware, as well as an expanding range of digital and analog electronics — all manufactured in full compliance with the strictest ISO quality control standards.”

VUE Audiotechnik’s R&D efort is led by head of engineering Michael Adams, an acoustic engineer with nearly four decades of experience as an FOH/monitor engineer and tour system designer.

Sides, former CEO of Meyer Sound Germany, will also play a key role as VUE’s executive vice president. “I’m very excited about the resources and passionate team that have come together to make VUE Audiotechnik a reality,” he said. “This passion fuels our commitment to the future.”

The company’s frst group products are expected at InfoComm in Las Vegas in June.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Ken+Berger%2C+Jim+Sides+Launch+VUE+Audiotechnik/1028714/107193/article.html.

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