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Distance Learning in the University of Maine System, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 18, Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with John Tiner, senior systems and design engineer with the University of Maine System. They discuss the upgrade of the university’s statewide distance learning network to an all-IP system using Haivision Barracuda encoders, a Haivision Videofurnace advanced server base system with Instream desktop player, and Stingray set-top boxes. Tiner provides details on how the production is done in the distance learning classrooms including greenscreen keying. Links of interest:

AV Technology Enhances Corporate Collaboration, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 17, Part 1

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Travis Ellis and Tom Yerkes of CompView Audio Visual. They provide details on the AV installation at the new corporate headquarters of mobile phone service provider Cricket Communications in San Diego. In the design concept, Cricket emphasized easy collaboration among staffers, and CompView came up with video-equipped courtyards and cocoon rooms along with an impressive boardroom featuring a multimonitor video design and conferencing. They also discuss how they kept all of the installation phases in correct order during the busy construction period and the earlier concepts that were considered for video monitoring in the boardroom. Useful links to equipment that was used:
AMX IS-2-GO-CORLM Inspired Digital Signage – Corporate Pre-Pak with Live Media
AMD DMR-200 MediaPoint Digital Media Recorder
Biamp Nexia CS DSP Conference System
Da-Lite Tensioned Advantage Electrol Screen
Extron CrossPoint Ultra 88 Ultra-Wideband Matrix Switcher with ADSP for RGB and Stereo Audio
Extron MGP 464 Four Window Multi-Graphic Processor

A Church Audio System for Traditional and Contemporary Services, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 16, Part 1

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In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Luke Raymond of Dispersion Design in Carrollton, Texas. He provides the details on a sound system upgrade at the Arapaho Road Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, designed to allow the church to conduct both traditional and contemporary services in the same 700-seat sanctuary with a short turnaround for the equipment reconfiguration. They discuss the Aviom system used and the installation of a hybrid monitoring system with IEM and floor wedges. Raymond also talks about training church volunteers and the transition for performers. Useful links:
The Aviom A-16II personal monitor mixers used by the church musicians
The Presonus DigiMax D8 8-channel mic preamp in the system
QSC RMX 4050HD main house amplifiers
The Middle Atlantic PDS-2X315 power sequencer used by the church

Special Effects at San Diego Air & Space Museum, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 15, Part 2

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his discussion with Dan Jamele of Mediamation in Torrence, Calif., regarding the installation of show effects in the Zable Theater at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Jamele provides a glimpse at what drives the market for museum theaters and offers a look at what they are doing to attract a younger audience. He also goes into detail on the special theater seats produced my Mediamation and takes us behind the scenes to tell about how they work, how they are kept up and running by local staff, and what keeps all of the effects in the theater synchronized. Useful links:
The Mediamation VidShow Controller Unit
nWave Pictures, a top producer of 3D movies for museum and theme theaters
The X-4D Motion EFX seats produced by Mediamation for 4D theaters
The dual mounted Digital Projection dVision 30-1080p XL projectors

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Behind the Scenes with Stage Tec: Producing Live Multisite Operas, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 14, Part 2

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In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles continues his discussion with Christian Fuchs of Stage Tec about the production of the opera Aida on the Rhine. Fuchs provides details on the I/O interfaces used on the Nexus network for the opera production and describes the task of working with performers using wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring in multiple locations around the town of Basel, Switzerland during the show.
Links of interest:
The Star Router which forms the heart of the Nexus network
The DPA headset microphones used by the principal opera performers
The Sennheiser in-ear monitoring system used by the performers
The new Sennheiser 180MHz switch bandwith receiver

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Working Around a Challenging RF Environment for Worship, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 13, Part 2

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In part two of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Beau Miles of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, Ala. They discuss the Sennheiser upgrade of the wireless microphone system at the church and get into the details of how he coordinates more than 40 RF systems for the church in an environment where many other churches and government science facilities are in very close proximity. He also provides some insight into how performers react when the church moves from using floor wedges to in-ear monitoring. Useful links:
The Wireless Systems Manager application for managing RF mic systems
Marantz PMD-580 networkable solid state recorder used at the church
The ANO A-Net Aviom output card for the Digidesign console
The Aviom A-16R rack mount personal monitor mixer

Special Effects at San Diego Air & Space Museum, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 15, Part 1

To hear the podcast, press the play button or download here. Or read the transcription.
In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Dan Jamele of Mediamation in Torrence, Calif. Dan outlines the tasks involved in the Zable Theater project at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He details the special effects used in the theater to support its special presentations and explains how MediaMation installed the equipment that produces the effects. He also provides his take on the marketing terms used for the show experience that goes beyond sight and sound and into tactile effects, wind and even aromas wafting through the air on cue. Useful links:
Crown CDi Series amplifiers used in the Zable Theater sound system
JBL Cinema Sound – the source for Zable Theater sound system components
PowerPoint on Richmond Sound Soundman Server Audio Engine
The MediaMation Showflow show controller

Behind the Scenes with Stage Tec: Producing Live Multisite Operas, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 14, Part 1

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In part one of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Christian Fuchs of Stage Tec about the production of the opera Aida on the Rhine. The show, produced by Swiss TV in a number of locations around Basel, Switzerland, took the opera out of the theater and went to the streets. Fuchs details his role in the audio production and talks about the challenges of coordinating a huge cast and wireless monitoring links and dozens of RF microphone systems on the performers.
Links of interest:
The Pyramix multitrack recording system
The Nexus network used for fiber-optic audio distribution
The Aurus digital mixing console from Stage Tec
The Delec Commentary System used on the opera production

Working Around a Challenging RF Environment for Worship, Part 1

SVC Podcast Show 13, Part 1

To hear the podcast, press the play button or download here. Or read the transcription.
In part one of this podcast, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles talks with Beau Miles of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, Ala. They discuss the Sennheiser upgrade of the wireless microphone system at the church and get into the details of how he coordinates over 40 RF systems for the church in an environment where many other churches and government science facilities are in very close proximity. He also provides some insight into how performers react when the church moves from using floor wedges to in-ear monitoring. Useful links:
Sennheiser ew300 IEM G3 in-ear monitoring system
Sennheiser ew365G3 wireless microphone system brought in for the sound upgrade
The Westone UM2 dual driver ear monitors used by the church
American Audio, provided assistance for the upgrade

Video and Control Systems for Distance Learning, Part 2

SVC Podcast Show 12, Part 2

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In this edition, SVC contributing editor Bennett Liles wraps up his conversation with Mark Siegel of Advanced Broadcast Solutions on the company’s installation of a distance learning facility in the new conference center of the Washington Bar Association in Seattle. Siegel discusses the challenges involved in training non-broadcast professionals in the use of the technical gear used in the conference center. He also describes the audio system installed for distance learning and upgrading the acoustics of the conference room. Useful links:
The Pansonic AW-HE100 robotic PTZ HD camera used in the conference room
The Symetrix SymNet audio processing installed by Advanced Broadcast Solutions
The JVC CY-DV550 cameras used for manned camera operation
Sennheiser Series 2000 wireless microphones used by the presenters

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The SVC Blogcast encompasses the podcasts Houses of Worship AV, Corporate AV, and Networked AV. In the Houses of Worship AV podcast, ministers of media, sound, lighting and video experts, and technology manufacturers share best practices and installation secrets. Corporate AV focuses on audiovisual installation within corporate environments such as boardrooms, meeting rooms, training centers, and corporate lobbies. Networked AV covers the challenges of moving professional audio, video, and control signals across the entire signal distribution chain from source to destination.

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