FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carlton Guc
Email: carlton@stageresearch.com
Phone: 888-267-0859 x87
Date: August 8, 2008

NEW TRAINING CD FOR THEATER TECH PROS/STUDENTS: STAGE RESEARCH INTRODUCES THEATRICAL SOUND DESIGN INTERACTIVE

Stage Research has added the Theatrical Sound Design Interactive CD to its catalog. This training tool, launched July 15, is designed for use as a theater technician's knowledge reserve or in any comprehensive theater crafts education curriculum.

Created by Multimakers Multimedia (Fairbanks, Alaska), the Theatrical Sound Design Interactive CD provides broad-based instruction and practical information about how to approach, address and assess sound design for stage. The material covers such topics as concept development, equipment choices, gathering and editing effects and implementing ideas for a successful audio plot. Also included are theoretical principles (What is Sound?) and aural science basics (How We Hear and The Ear).

"Theatrical Sound Design Interactive is a multimedia, cross-platform (Windows and Mac) DVD that serves as an introduction to designing audio for the entertainment industry," comments Kade Mendelowitz, University of Alaska professor and Lighting Designer. "Great for students and community theatre members alike, the program uses animations and examples to help explain complex concepts and equipment. The disc includes three video clips and other practice materials to help you get started thinking about designing sound for entertainment including an award-winning animated short and two segments from a science-fiction adventure."

Sound-for-theater hardware and software is examined with detailed attention paid to mics, recorders, mixers, cables, amps, speakers, playback devices and effects processors. The segments titled Script Analysis & Production Development, Cue Plot, Creation & Procurement and Implementation are designed for veterans, novices and academics alike. Categorized as Special Features, sections on Projects and Additional Resources will fill in any remaining gaps while rounding out the program.

"This is simply a nice educational tool for anyone interested in sound and TSDI also includes training sections on our Audio Playback & Show Control software SFX," adds Stage Research’s Carlton Guc.

The CD is part of the company's Theatrical Design learning PC/Mac/DVD lineup, which also includes Theatrical Lighting Design (an intensive clips-and-tips equipment/terminology practicum) and Theatrical Makeup Design (a teach-and-demo "walk-and-talk").

About SFX

SFX is found at all levels of theater from academics to the pros. Professional theaters use the software to create reliable and enriched soundscapes and it has been employed in many award-winning shows, including several Tony Award winners. The academic stage (elementary education through college) and amateur theater appreciate SFX for the high quality of shows it can create and because it can be easily run by novice operators. Students using SFX get the added benefit of learning the software they will most likely work with when they enter the theatrical job market.

SFX 6 provides features that no other product can. It enables designers to refine and create effects on-site rather than having to shuttle back and forth between a studio and performance space. This affords the freedom to optimize sound designs for the acoustics of the space and other components of the performance. SFX 6’s newly rewritten audio engine frees the need for an OS playback engine for hassle-free mixing and placement of audio. SFX 6 features an intuitive user-interface and can be programmed to run complex events with little or no user input.

About Stage Research

Stage Research is the developer of SFX, Soft Plot, Light Factory, ShowBuilder: Sound Design and other audio and lighting software.

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