A new, simpler AV control system for MeCA

Collaborating with Audire Design (née RPC Audio) we designed, installed and programed a simpler AV control system for the Maine College of Art. The Osher Hall AV control was previously operated with a Crestron touch screen system which they scrapped in favor of buttons.

MECA Osher Hall podium

The left panel controls the video projector and switcher, the middle panel controls program and mic audio while the right panel controls lighting.

MECA Osher Hall control panel

Ean White

U Miami recording studio gets a major renovation

Parsons Audio hired us to install the video system for the Weeks Recording Studio at U Miami. The control room has three 55-inch HD video monitors and two Panasonic AW-HE40 robotic cameras. At the far right, just above the SSL console, is the Blackmagic Design Videohub Smart Control which operates the video router in the machine room. In addition to stereo monitoring at each of the three (!) consoles, the room is also outfitted for 5.1 surround using Geneloc 8351A speakers.

U Miami control room

The live room sports another large monitor, a fixed, wide-angle camera and a pair of speakers. Any video source may be routed to any display.

U Miami live room

Finally, the vocal booth gets another monitor and fixed camera. There is a video hard drive recorder/player in the control room and additional video tie-lines everywhere. The system will support pedagogy and film scoring.

U Miami vocal booth

Ean White

Berklee multimedia room gets a rigging system

We designed and installed a rigging system for a new multimedia room at Berklee College of Music. The aluminum pipe will support ten Genelac speakers for a 10.2 surround sound system.

Berklee multimedia room rear

Projection screens for the three projectors we installed will also be supported. As usual, the blocking built in to the walls was insufficient and presented an engineering challenge.

Berklee multimedia room front

Ean White, Rick Campbell

Video playback system for Light of Life Church

We installed a video playback system for Light of Life Church, Cambridge, MA. As the audience viewing angles are narrow, we specified high-gain front projection screen materials to help the video punch through ambient light—even when direct sunlight is hitting the stage. The video is sourced from a workstation we designed running ProPresenter 6.

Light of Life Church video installation

Ean White, James Lindie

Northeastern's Digital Commons Media Studio

We built a video workstation in Northeastern University’s Snell Library Digital Commons Media Studio. It is set up to do live switching, capture and editing of 1080i 1.5G SDI video. The Thunderbolt 2 Pegasus R2 RAID array, configured as RAID 10, combined with the latest Mac Pro can handle multiple streams of uncompressed video with ease. We also put together an operators manual for the workstation.

Northeastern DCMS

Ean White

Connect Community Church PA Upgrade

We installed a beautiful new PA system for Connect Community Church. The six Fulcrum Acoustic GX1265 cabinets disappear into the ceiling and sound amazing. Rich Frembes from Fulcrum Acoustic came out and tuned the speakers up. The DSP is provided by a Symetrix Solus 8 with amplifiers from Powersoft. It sounds gorgeous, as usual. We also rigged two 60” LCD displays and two smaller but much heavier plasma displays.

Connect Church

Ean White, Rick Campbell

American Composers Orchestra publishes video

American Composers Orchestra just published As Above on Vimeo, a real-time video performance piece. As this work was conceived as a live video performance, it had to be re-performed in the studio. The audio recording also needed quite a bit of work… During a stage performance, microphones on the bass and piano control certain aspects of the video along with keyboard entry on a laptop. Only a laptop was used, attempting to play all the parts, for this version.

As Above

Ean White

Updated teleconference system for Newgistics

Upgraded a teleconference system for Newgistics last week. Added the robotic camera and shelf, then removed the pile of gear that was sitting on top of the projector. Upgraded video and network cables for HD. There is actually more gear installed now, but you’d never know it.

Newgistics

Ean White